Music Spotlight-Zara Larsson

MUSIC SPOTLIGHT

I’ve decided to add a new category of posts to my blog called ‘Music Spotlight’. In these posts, I will be focusing on one artist, share some facts about them, and some of the songs that I personally enjoy listening to. I feel like this will be a good way to share everyone’s taste in music. 🙂

Today’s artist is Zara Larsson! 

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Who is she?

Zara Larsson is an 18-year-old singer from Sweden. Ever since she won Talang (A Talent Show) in 2008, she has been releasing a series of songs and has also collaborated with famous singers.

What genre of music does she produce?

She is well-known for pop and dance music genres.

Some of my favourite songs:
  1. Uncover
  2. Rooftop
  3. Don’t Let Me Be Yours
  4. Never Forget You
  5. Symphony

Do you listen to Zara Larsson’s music? If yes, what’s your favourite song? Let me know in the comments section below. 😀

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The Sunshine Blogger Award-Part 4

Hi, everyone! 🙂

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I’ve been nominated yet again for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Alex Charming! Thank you for nominating me. She posts a lot of fun things on her blog. Do visit her blog! 😀

Let’s get started:

  1. What is your favorite part of blogging?

    Image result for blog gifBlogging gives me a platform to feel free and write on topics that I am passionate about. Plus, it helps me connect with some amazing people!

  2. Do you like to read? Why?

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    YES! I love reading because it broadens my perspective and relaxes my mind.

  3. What is your favorite song?

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    That’s a difficult one to answer. Currently, I’m listening to The Night We Met by Lord Huron on repeat. Yes, 13 Reasons Why introduced me to this beautiful song!

  4. What is your OTP?

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    I have so many in mind! Betty and Jughead from Riverdale, Rory and Dean from Gilmore Girls, Lucas and Peyton from One Tree Hill and the list is pretty much endless.

  5. What is your NOTP?

    Honestly, I don’t know…

  6. What/Who is your spirit animal?

    I didn’t really know the answer to this question, so I took a quiz…I got the wolf.

  7. If you could have one famous author (living or other-wise) to write your biography, who would you choose and why?

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    I would choose Rainbow Rowell because I really love her witty style of writing.

  8. Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune?

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    Wheel of Fortune.

  9. Who is your favorite villain of all time?

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    Cruella de Vil.

  10. Do you like Disney?

    I think you mean love, haha. I absolutely love Disney! It brings me back to my childhood and never fails to bring a smile on my face.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! 

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Riverdale (2017 TV Series)

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I’m sure most of you would have heard of the new show, Riverdale. Just to give you a little background on what the show is about, the show is based on the age-old Archie comics but with a mysterious twist as it starts off with someone’s murder.

Plot Summary:

Archie Andrews starts the school year with the world weighing on his shoulders. He’s he wants to pursue a future in the music business, but his recently ended clandestine relationship with the music teacher has left him without a mentor, and his friendship with Jughead Jones is in a bad place. Things look like they might be turning around when Veronica Lodge, a new girl, arrives. Despite the instant chemistry, Veronica is hesitant to risk a friendship with Betty — who has a crush on Archie — to pursue anything. Amidst all the small-town banality lurks a mystery: the recent tragic death of Jason Blossom, the twin brother of beautiful and popular troublemaker, Cheryl.

IMDb Rating:  

7.9/10

Review:

Archie comics was literally my childhood/teenage days. I was in love with the characters and just the overall idea of the bond that was shared between all the characters. When I heard about Riverdale, I was pretty excited to see what the show had in store for me. I really appreciate the mysterious twist that was added to the lives of the characters because that instantly intensified the show which made it more interesting. 😉

When it comes to character portrayal, I think they’ve done a great job with selecting the cast members because all of them fit the characters’ personality perfectly! It feels as if the characters from the comic book have come to life. To be honest, every episode has an intense scene that just makes you want to watch more. I don’t want to spoil anything for those of you who haven’t watched the show yet. But! If you’re looking for a show that’s a mix of romance, mystery, and friendship, then this is the perfect show for you. 😀

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I cannot wait for the new episodes to air because there are so many questions that I have in mind!

What are your thoughts on Riverdale? Share your opinions with me in the comments section below. 🙂thejouska-2

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Tried & Tested-Cheese Sticks

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Who doesn’t love a healthier version of cheese sticks? Today, I’m going to share with you an easy way to prepare baked cheese sticks!

INGREDIENTS:
  • String Cheese (I, personally, prefer using Kraft.)
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  • Bread Crumbs
  • Oil-2 tablespoons or more, as needed.
  • Oregano-2 teaspoons
  • Basil-2 teaspoons
  • Chili Powder-1 teaspoon
  • Ketchup-3 tbsp
  • Hot Sauce-2 teaspoons
  • Parmesan, as needed.
STEPS:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Mix the oregano, basil, chili powder, and oil in a bowl.
  3. Spread the bread crumbs on a plate.
  4. Dip the string cheese in the oil mixture and coat properly with bread crumbs. To reduce the mess, use a fork to dip the cheese and coat.
  5. Place all the string cheese on a baking tray.
  6. Bake for around 15 minutes until golden brown.
  7. For the dip, mix the ketchup, hot sauce, and parmesan in a small bowl.
  8. Voila! Enjoy your delicious cheese sticks. 😀

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! 

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Surviving Finals Week

Finals week is almost here and I thought I’d post some tips on how to overcome the stress that most students go through during this hectic week!

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  1. Planning is essential
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    It is very important to prioritize your time and plan your study schedule. I know it’s difficult for a lot of people to actually stick to a schedule, but you can motivate yourself in many ways. One such way is to reward yourself (treat yourself to chocolate maybe?) whenever you achieve a goal.

  2. Take small breaks

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    Small 
    being a keyword here, haha. It’s not uncommon for us to take a small break and then extend that break for hours. Set a reminder to prevent you from extending your break.

  3. Drink enough water 

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    I cannot stress how important it is to stay hydrated whether studying for finals or not. When you study, your brain absorbs a lot of water and if you don’t drink enough water, you can get severe headaches and even feel sleepy.

  4. Avoid social media

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    Social media has taken over our lives and it’s natural for us to keep checking our phones every now and then. To avoid this, log out of all your social media accounts so that you are not tempted to use your phone.

  5. Get enough sleep

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    Sleep is for the weak! No, not really. It has been scientifically proven that if you don’t sleep enough, you tend to forget things and your productivity levels decrease tremendously. Hence, pulling all-nighters isn’t such a good idea.

  6. Eat brain foods

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    Having sweet treats is not a crime, but try to balance it out by snacking on healthy foods.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Good luck! 😀

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Style Sense-Dungarees

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Dungarees are the most comfortable denim clothing available in the market. Since dungarees can be worn during any time of the year, I thought I’d do a post on how to style them. 🙂

  1. Simple T-shirt:

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    Wearing a plain t-shirt inside dungarees is a simple yet fun look! You can wear your favorite solid color shirt since denim matches with almost every color.

  2. Tank Top:

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    Another way to style your dungarees is by wearing a tank top. Both, fitted and loose tank tops look good.

  3. Sweatshirt:

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    Who says dungarees aren’t for the winter season? You can style them with a comfortable sweatshirt to have a warm and cozy look.

  4. Turtle Neck:

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    For this style, you can wear either a full-sleeved or sleeveless turtle-neck because they both look good when worn with dungarees.

  5. Cotton Blouse:

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    If you’re looking for a slightly different look, then you should definitely try wearing a cotton blouse inside your dungarees. They look extremely fashionable!

  6. Off-shoulder top:

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    This is the perfect look for the summer season!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! 

What’s your favourite dungaree look? Let me know in the comments section below. 😀

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Quotespiration!

I celebrated my 10th milestone recently and asked my lovely readers to post their favourite quotes in the comments section as a way to celebrate the achievement! 😀

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Here we go: 

  • Sarah Alengton
    “Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.” -Mark Twain
  • theorangutanlibrarian
    “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by” -Douglas Adams
  • Hannah Garner
    “And one day she discovered that she was fierce, and strong, and full of fire, and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” -Mark Anthony
    “There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.” -Jane Austen
  • Urban Tutu
    “When women see me, they wanna be me”
  • Sonia Aicha
    “I like my money right where I can see it…Hanging in my closet” -Sarah Jessica Parker
  • K.M. Sutton
    “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly—they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” -Aldous Huxley”Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” -Rumi”I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” -Jimmy Dean
  • Renate
    “Riddle me this, Riddle me that, Who’s afraid of the big black bat?” -Riddler
  • icebreaker694
    “Never trust a duck.” -Will Herondale
  • Luna
    “My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice” -Newt Scamander
    “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” -Dalai Lama
  • Inge
    “Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.” -JK Rowling
  • sophiethestark
    “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it” -Toni Morrison

Thank you so much for sending in your favourite quotes! I’m a huge fan of quotes and some of these quotes are really wonderful and deserve a space on my wall, haha. 🙂

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The Ultimate Book Tag

Hi, everyone! 🙂

BOOK TAG

I saw this tag the other day on thriceread and decided to give it a go! Do visit their blog, they post great book reviews and tags. 😀

Let’s get started!

  1. DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?

    Not really. In fact, I read very often in the car.

  2. WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?

    This is a difficult one to answer because I love a lot of authors’ writing style’s. They are all unique and special in their own way. 🙂

  3. HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA? GIVE 3 POINTS TO DEFEND YOUR ANSWER.

    Harry Potter, definitely! Well, I’ve always been a fan of J.K. Rowling writing. Secondly, I love the character portrayal in all of the books. Lastly, it reminds me of my childhood.

  4. DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?

    I rarely carry a book bag. When I do carry one, I usually have my book, water bottle, a light snack, and other essentials.

  5. DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?

    I would be lying if I said no…

  6. BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

    I don’t mind either, to be honest.

  7. WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

    Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell.

  8. WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

  9. WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?

    Luckily, my parents encouraged me to start reading books from a very young age which helped me to develop an interest in reading books of different genres.

  10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC BOOK?

    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

  11. IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?

    English and computer programming.

  12. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

    I would definitely donate it to a non-profit organization.

  13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?

    Ethereal; extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world.

  14. FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?

    This completely depends on my mood. Sometimes, I’m totally in for a cheesy romance novel and someday’s I prefer reading something more exciting and thrilling.

I nominate everyone! Feel free to drop a link to your answers in the comments section below. 😀

I hope you enjoyed reading this post!

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Appreciate Yourself

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It’s not unrealistic for some people to admit that they tend to appreciate others’ for the contribution they have made to this world but rarely take the time to appreciate themselves for the work they’ve done. There is definitely a thin line between appreciating yourself and being borderline pompous. When it comes to self-appreciation, don’t feel weird to pat yourself on the back every once in a while you achieve something that you’ve been working so hard for. I’m saying this from my own experience because just the other day, I was thinking how I always focus on the things I do wrong and seldom focus on the things that I’ve accomplished.

Anyway, here are a few tips on how to appreciate yourself:

  1. Think about all the things you’ve done this week:


    Sit, relax, and look back at all the good/bad things you’ve done this week. Focus more on the good things and tell yourself that you’ve earned this. However, this doesn’t mean that you neglect the bad things, just look at it from a different perspective. 🙂

  2. Treat yourself:

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    Feel like you’ve actually done something to take your lie one step further? Treat yourself to some ice cream! (That’s what I do, haha)

  3. When someone appreciates you for your work, thank them:


    Now, this happens way too often to me. When someone compliments me for my work, I tend to brush it off and say “It was no big deal, really.” But, in reality, it is a big deal otherwise why would someone compliment you in the first place…Hmm…

I hope you enjoyed reading this post! 

What are your thoughts on appreciating yourself? Let me know in the comments section below. 🙂

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Tried & Tested-Veggie Tacos

Today, I’m going to share a delicious Veggie Taco recipe with you all and I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Picture courtesy of Google (Footnotes and Finds)

INGREDIENTS:
  • Taco shells (I prefer using TexMex)
  • Kidney beans-1 cup
  • Lettuce-1 bundle
  • Red Peppers- 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Ketchup (as required)
  • Salsa-4 tbsp
  • Olive Oil-1 tbsp
  • Hot Sauce-1 tbsp
  • Salt (for taste)
  • Cheddar Cheese-1 1/2 cup (grated)
STEPS:
  1. Keep a pan on medium heat.
  2. Pour the olive oil and saute the kidney beans and red peppers until cooked.
  3. Add the ketchup, salsa, hot sauce, and salt. Stir until all the ingredients are mixed together. Let it cook for around 5 minutes on slow heat.
  4. If you prefer using soft taco shells, then skip this step. However, if you prefer hard taco shells, bake them in the oven for 3 minutes on 180 degrees Celsius.
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  5. Put 1-2 tbsp of the prepared filling inside the taco shells.
  6. Top with lettuce and cheddar cheese (as much as you like, haha).

Voila! I hope you enjoy your delicious veggie tacos. 😀

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