Every Vow She Breaks (Who’s Watching Now #3) by Jannine Gallant

Every Vow She Breaks (Who's Watching Now, #3)Every Vow She Breaks by Jannine Gallant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love how each title in this series is from a song. This book deals with a broken vow and brings a variety of possible suspects. The reader is keep on edge throughout the novel. Claire has made a vow and broken it. And now she’s going to pay. But the question is who is the guy leaving her threatening messages? Her ex-husband? Her ex-boyfriend who she once thought she would marry? Her cheating ex who she was going to marry? Or is it just some crazy person who is obsessed with her? This book was both romantic and thrilling. I couldn’t stop until I found out precisely who was stalking Claire and every few seconds my top suspect changed. I loved this book. It was like an insane roller-coaster ride and I enjoyed every second of it. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series.

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5 Tips For Improving Your Productivity in College

My words to live by are “Work hard, party harder”. This is excellent advice especially if you’re in college. But how do you manage to be productive when you’re just not feeling it? Here are a few tried and tested tips to help you be as productive as possible,

1) Keep a constant routine- have a set time for sleeping and waking up. Try as much as possible to stick to this because it reduces the possibility of you falling asleep in class. Yes, we all want to sleep in class because it’s boring but that’s not very productive.

2) Pay attention in class. Always record the lecture- when I first started sleeping in class, it was totally accidental. First my mind would wander off, then I’d try to rest my eyes and then I would jerk awake. If you know you’re tired/lazy, record the lecture to listen to later. This works especially well for assignments since you can go back and play the recording to find out precisely what is expected of you. Also when you’re actually listening to the lecturer it’s easier to remember what’s being covered in class.

3) Write things down as soon as possible- use your school calender plus your syllabi (is that the plural of syllabus? I’m not entirely sure…) and note down important dates such as tests, projects, when campus closes and reopens as well as the last day for changing your courses. This will a) help you to see important dates and b) you’ll know when you’re busy with a pile of essays or tests.

4) Set your own deadlines- if you have your own deadlines preferably a day or two earlier than the actual due date you’ll get work done faster. You may also have enough time to get a tutor to edit your essay or cover last-minute concepts with your lecturer.

5) Start work as soon as you get it- I don’t mean write the essay or read 3 chapters for that test. Do something small just to make a tiny dent in your workload. List points for your essay or skim a chapter in the textbook. It makes things easier if you start off small. You’ll eventually be able to tackle the entire essay/textbook.

The Playground of Randomness Guide to College: Orientation

I remember my Orientation as if it were yesterday. Though in reality it was 2 years ago. Time really does fly!
Orientation or O-week as some call it is possibly the most exciting time for a freshman. It’s your first look at the campus when you know with absolute certainty that you’re going to be a part of it.
But try not to lost yourself in all the magic of the moment. Orientation is your time to familiarise yourself with campus and learn how everything works.

What Actually Goes On:
Some colleges may be different but my Orientation started with a long speech from the Chancellor(that I sat outside for since I had heard the same speech when I arrived for Parents Day).
Most colleges have a campus tour. Pay careful attention to this because not only will it prevent you from getting lost, it will help you understand how everything functions.
Handouts about courses are passed out some times. You may even get a handbook- guard it with your life! I have both an actual handbook and a pdf file. I also stalked my college websites and social networking sites for months before I was accepted but I don’t recommend that. I still feel very creepy about that. But my point is- I was super-excited about college. And you should be too.

What I Did:
(Or also known as ‘Mistakes I Made That You Should Avoid’)
I swear there’s gona be an entirely separate blog post on all my college mistakes but that’s for another day.
For Orientation my campus tour guide wasn’t audible to the people in the back of our 40-50 people group…so I skipped the tour and went with a friend’s cousin instead.
The plus of this was that she completed our registration for us(ie the part where you choose your classes) and we didn’t have to wait in a line. We also got our own private tour.
The downsides was that I didn’t receive a handbook(the copy I got was one that I found) and I also was lost about how to use the library and the computer labs.
Eventually, with the help of a few older students who were friends, I managed to figure out what needed to be done but I still have no idea how to use the library copier or how to print out anything should I need to.
I also missed out on fun activities. I knew colleges had events for freshmen to bond over but only saw the flyers once my first official week of college had started- which was too late.
Bottom line- do yourself a favour, attend your Orientation and pay attention! You’ll be grateful later on.
Xoxo

Jewellery Storage Ideas

1) Jewellery Dress- This is my favorite and possibly the most effective. A jewellery dress is a jewellery holder in the shape of the dress. Models vary but Sass Diva has a great one with compartments on one side and hanging space for necklaces on the other. I have a jewellery dress and its used to store most of my jewellery. An added bonus is that its easier to see all your available jewellery at a glance.

2) Cup Holder- A cup holder is great for holding bracelets. And its large size enables it to hold more bracelets than a normal bracelet holder.

3) Storage Containers- Strapped for cash but desperate for storage? Plastic containers can be used to stored jewellery. A good idea is to keep a container for each item- necklaces, rings, etc.

4) Jewellery Boxes- Often items such as watches come in boxes that can fit more then the item itself. Square watch boxes can be used to store a collection of rings.

5) Jewellery Wardrobe- I’ve never actually seen a wardrobe that could accommodate my great jewellery stash but jewellery wardrobes are cute, small wooden wardrobes that are used to store jewellery. It looks good and does it job so its a definite must for me.

Tips for Dealing With Split Ends

1) TRESemmé Split Hair Shampoo- TRESemmé Split Remedy range is designed specifically to fix hair damage as it occurs. The range consists of a shampoo, conditioner, a leave-in conditioning spray, a leave-in split end conditioning treatment and a split end sealing serum
I only use the shampoo and if I’m being honest, due to my busy schedule, its the only product that helps me now. Essentially if you stick to just using this, you should be fine.

2) Clicks Hair Rescue Overnight Therapy-
This is a simple treatment that you leave in overnight and wash out the next day.

3) Clicks Hair Rescue Intense Nourishment
This treatment works in 5 minutes. You simply apply it after washing your hair and then rinse it out afterwards.

And that’s it. Three basic, very simple changes to your regular hair routine that’s guaranteed to make a huge difference in the appearance of your hair.

Book Review: With Malice by Eileen Cook

With MaliceWith Malice by Eileen Cook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Eileen Cook’s books. They’re well-written and comforting. I like to think of them as the hot chocolate of the book world. You can generally be sure of a great feel-good story in an Eileen Cook novel. Note that I said “generally”. This book is not one of those occasions. Yes it was well-written and impossible to put down like other books of hers that I’ve read. But if Cook’s other works are hot chocolate this one is a dark coffee. It’s strong and will keep you up all night.Jill wakes up in the hospital with no memory of the past six weeks. She has no memory of her trip to Italy, no memory of her best friend’s death and especially no memory of killing her. Simone and Jill had been friends since fourth grade. Jill may not have her memory but she knows she would never kill her best friend.However the media, her school, her friends, family and the Italian police all seem to think differently.As more evidence comes to light, even Jill starts to doubt her innocence. This book was impossible to put down. I suspected the ending but it was still a shock. Fans of mystery and Eileen Cook will love this book. It’s so different from the other books of hers I’ve read but it’s also so damned great!Get yourself a copy ASAP!

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Fab Book Finds for February

Some of the world’s greatest books are releasing this Feb. Here’s what’s on my reading list:

1) Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
Release Date: February 2

The enchantment continues…. The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic.
2) Remembrance by Meg Cabot
Release Date: February 2

In REMEMBRANCE, the seventh installment of the Mediator series, all Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she stumbles across an ancient murder, old ghosts—and ex-boyfriends—aren’t all that come back to haunt her.

REMEMBRANCE will be the first ever adult installment of the Mediator, published by William Morrow, the adult division of HarperCollins, the company that brought you the YA books in the series.

3) Raging Sea by Michael Buckley
Release Date: February 2

In the first book of Michael Buckley’s Undertow trilogy, the Alpha arrived and the world was never the same. At the start of the second book, most of south Brooklyn is in ruins and the nation is terrified. Nearly everyone that Lyric Walker loves is either missing or presumed dead, including the mesmerizing prince Fathom. It’s up to Lyric to unite the Alpha before the second wave of a cataclysmic invasion wipes out mankind for good. The Undertow trilogy is an unforgettable reading experience that author E. Lockhart calls,“Allegorical and romantic, the book nevertheless reads like an action movie with especially awesome CGI.”

4) The Unforgettable Hero by Valerie Bowman
Release Date: February 2

To escape a forced marriage to her loathsome, social-climbing cousin, Cecelia Harcourt banks on selling a romantic novel. But when she’s hit by a coach on the way home from meeting a potential publisher and loses her memory, the accident leads to an encounter with a fascinating man. . . who she’s convinced is the hero of her novel.

Due to his brother’s influence, Lieutenant Adam Hunt finds himself honorably discharged from the army. Adam intends to make his way in the world without the help of a war-hero duke, brother or no. He finds his plans for independence sidetracked by a chance encounter with a lady whose memory has gone. She believes he’s a hero. Can Adam become the man he was meant to be and fill that lofty role?

Hello World

So its done! We’re now looking at the new Playground of Randomness webpage/blog. I’m both excited and terrified to see where this is going to take me.

 

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