September 29, 2014

Book Review: Fire and Ash by Jonathan Maberry

I was extremely excited for the final book of the Benny Imura  series. The past 3 books were fairly entertaining and enjoyable to read, but I was anxious and curious as to how all of this would end.

Starting off the book, I found it hard to remember everything that had happened before, and that Fire & Ash did not recall enough from the previous books to remind readers what happened. I'm not sure if there was an intent behind it, because it seems to put us in the same position as the characters who want to suppress certain memories.

September 22, 2014

Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

I started reading this series about 5 years ago, and I completely fell in love with it. But because I felt the last two books had gone downhill, I had low expectations for the final installment of The Mortal Instruments, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up liking it.

September 19, 2014

My Birthday!

My sweet 16th was just a little over a week ago and it honestly wasn't that big of a deal to me. It was my TOM and I had the worst day on the 9th, the day before my birthday. All I wanted to do (and I told my parents this) was go out for hot pot because I was seriously craving it. Upon arriving at school on Wednesday, I was showered with "Happy Birthdays" and my closest friends had actually left some gifts in my locker for me. I thought I would take this post to show the things they got me, not to show off, but because I am truly so grateful to have these wonderful people in my life who care about me.

This is such a cute book and I love it because it has tons of healthy recipes that encourages people to use locally grown food.

Also very very cute, I can't wait to use this!!

White Barn Warm Caramel Cider Candle!

White Barn Marshmallow Fireside Candle P.S. I just burned this one, and the melting wax is brown and it all looks like a roasted marshmallow! SO CUTE :)

A bath bomb and hand soap from Lush! These are the first things I've ever had from Lush :)

My mom got me this little bag and it's actually extremely practical to use. 

After I got home, we went to Asian Express Hot Pot in Edmonton (you should go) and ate a lot. My mom also got a cake that was half cheesecake, half cake, with jello that looked like clear glass on top.

There are times where I think that my life is so hard, but I know that there are people out there who have it even worse. I constantly forget that my birthday is National Suicide Awareness Day, so hopefully I remember next year and will be able to do something related to that topic!

September 15, 2014

Book Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Because I've been so busy with exams and summer school, it pretty much took me 2 months to read this book. To be honest, it was quite difficult to get through it and I found myself constantly struggling to pay attention to every little detail. However, I highly enjoy anything related to crime and, like Robin, I was intrigued by the career of a private detective, therefore I continued to read.

September 08, 2014

Product Review: Organic Gluten Free Black Bean Spaghetti

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Organic Black Bean Spaghetti 


Explore Asian Cuisine (Purchased at Costco)

Disclaimer: I am in no way being sponsored by the parties mentioned below. All statements made are purely my own judgement and opinion.

In May, I decided to start living a healthier lifestyle. In other words, I gave up a lot of the junk food and also grains that was part of my daily diet; imagine my parents' reactions when I told them I wouldn't eat white rice. As I was out grocery shopping at Costco, I saw another customer purchasing this and thought it was really interesting, I never thought that there would be an alternative for pasta like there was for rice. It's also gluten free!! :)

The first time cooking this, I was surprised at how brittle it was when dry, but when it was cooked, the texture was really similar to normal spaghetti, just thinner. Don't let the colour throw you off! The taste is not peculiar, and if I were blindfolded, they would taste exactly the same as normal noodles.

I usually mix this some corn and tomatoes, then add some Mrs. Dash on top for flavouring. There are obviously many more recipes and I will be trying them soon as well. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them down in the comments! :)

This is what I usually make! It's pretty tasty but you can add other seasonings of your choice! 

This is just some home made tomato sauce over the spaghetti that I made.