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Review: Cinder and Ella

I'm an incurable romantic. I love sappy movies, movies that make me cry and smile and I absolutely love happy endings (even if they're implausible). I love fairy tales.

I love chick flicks and I love reading and Cinder and Ella was the perfect cocktail of both. It had everything I love in a great little package. It had the romance, it made me cry and it had a happy ending. It's one of the better romance novels I've read in a long time. It would make a great chick flick. 

The story is about 2 internet best friends - Cinder and Ella (their screen-names) who bond over the latter's blog and their mutual love for the The Druid Prince series of books. After being friends for 3 years, one day Ella gets into a terrible car accident which kills her mother and puts her into a coma and in recovery at the hospital for the next 8 months. It also leaves her with terrible scars - mental and physical. She's also forced to move cross-country to live with her father who abandoned her when she was 8 and his family - his new wife and her 2 daughters. 

She reconnects with Cinder - who is actually a superstar Hollywood actor Brian Oliver who's just starred in The Druid Prince movie adaptation. He has his own problems dealing with a obnoxious co-star/pretend fiancee. How Ella learns to deal with her family, her issues, how she finds out about Cinder and how she deals with all of these forms the rest of the story. 



Some iPhone tips you didn't know about

I came across an article recently about some iPhone tips and it had some suggestions which I didn't know about even after years of using iPhone.

Here are those suggestions:Invert display colors for easy night viewing. o to Settings --> General --> Accessibility --> Invert Colors to change your nighttime display.Slide texts left to read timestamp. A few days ago, I found myself trying to find out when a message was sent in iMessages and was not able to figure it out. This is useful info for the future.Ask Siri what's happening on Twitter. For some reason, I've not used Siri much beyond basic stuff like setting a reminder or an alarm. I should start using it more.Putting the phone in airplane mode to charge faster. I don't know if this really works but something i need to try

Saving money on groceries

Recently, we had some family visiting for a few months and as a result, our grocery bills shot through the roof. It's back to being just us again and I'm trying to reduce our grocery expenses.

One of the reasons our grocery bill gets so high is we buy a lot of groceries at the local indian grocery store and it tends to be the biggest part of our grocery budget.

Use a discount grocer or warehouse club - options for me are Trader Joe's, Market Basket, Costco, ALDI's and Sam's ClubChoose your primary store and learn its layoutWatch the store flyer each weekMake a meal plan and grocery listStock up big on sale-priced non perishablesListen to uptempo music while you shopFigure out the price per unit when buying a specific non perishable itemShop your pantry - meal plan around the items in stock in your pantry So I'm going to start meal planning soon and use the rest of these tips to reduce our grocery costs every month. I will keep updating on how that's going.


Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist

This would have been really helpful when I was planning my friend's baby shower and even when I was planning my own baby shower.

Check out this FREE printable Baby Shower planning checklist from Unoriginal Mom

Free Printable Baby Shower Planning Checklist - unOriginal Mom