Project 50 Pan 2017

That’s right people, I’m bringing back the Project 50 Pan! Can you tell that this time of year puts me in the mood to set goals and challenges for myself? I feel like 2017 is going to be about downsizing in a variety of ways, one of which will be the amount of beauty products I have hoarded in the house. Granted, my beauty stash is nowhere near as massive as it used to be, but I still have more than I need so it’s time to start whittling it down. I’ll be tracking my progress on a page linked at the top of the site, but will also be checking in with my monthly empties and the number of products I manage to use up. Here are my self-imposed rules for the challenge –

1. The challenge begins with any products I finish up as of 01/01/2017, and any empties prior to then will be noted in a December empties post but not counted towards the challenge totals.
2. The goal is to use up 50 beauty products.
3. Any “holy grail” items that I finish and need to repurchase will not be counted in the total, but will still be tracked as empties.
4. I am not allowed to purchase any new beauty products (except for the abovementioned “holy grail” items) until I reach my goal of 50 empties.
5. Beauty products purchased using a gift voucher are not counted.

Wish me luck, and as with the 2017 TBR Book Challenge, be sure to let me know if you’re going to participate. I’d love to follow along with your progress throughout the year.

50 Book/Movie Challenge 2017

Because I was so successful with my 40 Book Challenge for 2016, I’ve decided to up the stakes for next year’s challenge. My main goal for 2017 is to read 50 books, but on top of that I’ve also set myself a goal to watch 50 movies. There is something really comforting to me about tracking the books I’ve read and movies I’ve watched throughout the year, although I realise it may seem strange to some. I’ll be keeping a list of everything that I read and watch throughout the year, which you will be able to access via the links at the top of the page, so stay tuned!

TBR Book Challenge 2017

The list of books I have purchased but not yet read, is slowly getting out of control. It seems like every 6 months or so I take a look at the growing amount of books on my bookshelf, and hastily grab a bunch of them to take to the second hand book store (usually only to make room for MORE MORE MORE). I’ve decided to set myself a little challenge for 2017 to help get my TBR shelf under control.

Here is how the challenge will work –

1. My goal is to read at least 25 books off of my TBR shelf, which includes both physical books and kindle books.
2. Until the challenge is completed I am not allowing myself to purchase any new books.
3. HOWEVER, after every 2 books I finish I am allowed to purchase one “nostalgic” book for my collection (this is housed on an entirely different bookshelf and is a hobby, so I don’t count it in my standard TBR).
4. I am also allowed to borrow books from the library, to mix things up from time to time.
5. All the books I read for this challenge will also count towards my standard 50 Book Challenge for the year.

I’ll be tracking my progress on the blog as the year progresses, so stay tuned. Let me know if you’re going to participate this year, and best of luck if you do!

Spring/Summer Bucket List Check-In

Earlier in the year I posted my Spring/Summer Bucket List for 2016, and I thought it was high time I checked in and let you know how I was going. So far, not so good.

– Make sweet tea on the weekends (I have made this a total of ONE time)
– Grill out on the BBQ on nice evenings (We haven’t had an opportunity to do this yet, but the weather is warming up – it was 41C today – so we definitely will be soon… I just need to bug spray the entirety of the back yard first)
– Go for walks along the beach on weekends (We went for our first coastal walk last weekend and I loved it. Sebastian on the other hand hates the ocean, so it might have to be something I do solo from now on)
– Get a professional pedicure (Not yet!)
– Host a dinner party (Also not yet!)
– Work on the garden to make it “summer BBQ” friendly (I’ve been working on this gradually, so probably by the time summer is over we’ll actually be ready for BBQ season)
– Go down south for a long weekend (We haven’t been yet, but my parents have moved down there so we’ll definitely be spending more time down there than we used to… FREE ACCOMMODATION!)
– Swim as much as possible (I have not swam once)
– Go to Adelaide for a mini holiday (We’re trying to focus on our long-term goals rather than short-term indulgences, so we postponed our Adelaide trip this season and put the money towards our savings)
– Go to the Wanneroo Show (Nope)
– Watch the movies on my Halloween ‘to-watch’ list (I managed to watch all of them except Goosebumps!)
– Make a summer-y music playlist to listen to while driving (Yes, and it’s awesome! Although to be honest I’ve been listening to nothing but Christmas carols this month)
– Read all the books on my summer reading list (Not yet…)
– Try fake tanning (lol, no)

I haven’t given up yet! There are still two and a bit months to make my bucket list dreams come true. I’m really looking forward to 2017, I feel like it’s going to be a good year for me. I’m looking to ticking all of these items off of my bucket list, and planning some more!

Summer Book Haul

This time last year I was wrapping up a blissful three month break from work, and boy do I miss those days. Instead, it’s the end of the trash fire that 2016 has been, and there is no break in sight. On a more positive note, I do have a stack of great summer reads that I can’t wait to get stuck into. Here are some of the books I’ve picked up to read this season –

Fearless by Fiona HigginsSix strangers from across the world meet on the tropical island of Bali to attend a course designed to help them face their fears. Their backgrounds are as diverse as their fears – which range from flying, public speaking and heights, through to intimacy, failure and death. Friendships and even romance blossom as the participants are put through a series of challenges which are unusual, confronting and sometimes hilarious. A week of fun in the sun suddenly turns into something far more serious, however, when the unthinkable happens – a tragic disaster that puts the group in deadly danger, testing the individual courage of every member.

Shift by Em BaileyThe rumor mill is spinning when Miranda Vaile arrives at school along with whispers that she murdered her parents. But Olive Corbett wants nothing to do with the new girl. After “the incident,” Olive’s been the subject of too much gossip, and now she just wants to take her pills and stay under the radar. But even from the sidelines, there’s no ignoring the fact that there’s something not quite right about Miranda. How can this mousy girl step right into the popular group, become the queen bee’s best friend, and slowly seize control herself? It’s almost parasitic. But who would ever believe crazy Olive, the girl who has a habit of letting her imagination run away with her? And what if Olive is Miranda’s next target?

The Leaving by Tara AltebrandoEleven years ago, six five-year-olds went missing without a trace. After all this time, the people left behind have moved on, or tried to. Until today. Now five of those kids are back. They’re sixteen, and they are … fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mother she barely recognises, and doesn’t really know who she’s supposed to be, either. But she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, but they can’t recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back and everyone wants answers.

Summer Skin by Kirsty EagarJess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even… The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls. The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold… and smart enough to keep up with Jess. A neo-riot girl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig – sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable? It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story.