The Music Shuffle

I love a good fellow blogger inspired random post now and again! Sarah at Mummy Cat Notes tagged me in her recent post asking; what’s in my music library?

Now, most of my music is sadly ‘lost’ at the moment on a non- functional laptop, so I only have a small selection of songs from the playlists on my phone. But I will give them a shuffle anyway and name the first 15 songs.

Here goes…

Kaiser Chiefs. Live onstage at Bedford. The Music Shuffle text.

1. Mr Brightside ~ The Killers

Absolutely has to be number one on any decent playlist to be fair, shuffle did good.

2. Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor ~ Arctic Monkeys

Ah! Memories of early 00s and fun times!

3. One Day Like This ~ Elbow

This is my feel good song.

4. Laid ~ James

Reminds me of drunken nights with Venture Scouts and Sixth Form friends.

5. Cake By The Ocean ~ DNCE

This is on my playlist primarily because I choreographed a routine to this for Squiggle’s home ed dance class last year! But also, I secretly love it too!

6. Never Miss A Beat ~ Kaiser Chiefs

My faves. Amazing live.

7. Love Shack ~ B52s

Hmm. This fabulous cheese snuck onto my list. No idea how that happened…. (Ok I confess, but who doesn’t love this song?!)

8. She Moves In Her Own Way ~ Kooks

Reading festival live. 2006 I think? Watched them alone. Glad I did – they were awesome!

9. Insomnia ~ Feeder

I loved Feeder back in the 90s and was very happy to see them live again last year.

10. Best Of You ~ Foo Fighters

Another all time fave band.

11. By The Way ~ Red Hot Chili Peppers

See above. X 2.

12. Vertigo ~ U2

Dunno why I love this one. But I do.

13. Dakota ~ Stereophonics

14. Shut Up & Dance ~ Walk The Moon

Love it.

15. Livin’ On A Prayer ~ Bon Jovi

My mum loved Bon Jovi so reminds me of my childhood and of her. I also saw them live, which was cool. And, more recently, saw a cool cover band at a local venue when one of my favourite people in the entire world. So pretty happy this came up! Yay!

My Shuffle

I will admit, I did remove any extra songs from the same artist from my list, because it was rather boring otherwise. So it wasn’t actually a truly random shuffle… but it was close!

The Rules

Thank the person who nominated you for this tag and link to their blog.

Shuffle your entire music library (no matter how old songs the songs are) and talk about the first fifteen songs that come up (anything like why they are there, if they signify something, any story, why you like them, etc.)

Mention the songs as well as the artists.

Tag 5 people or more to do this tag and please let them know!

Your turn…

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Shower Or Bath? The Big Bathroom Debate!

Which do you prefer? Shower or bath? Or does it depend on your mood? And/ or maybe the amount of time you have?

Shower Or Bath? The Big Bathroom Debate! title on faded water background image

Personally I love showers! They are quick, easy and refreshing. I don’t have enough time for a long soak in the bath. But to be perfectly honest, even pre Squiggle when I did have far more spare time, I still rarely picked baths; I would almost always opt for the shower instead. I think I just get bored too easily! I would rather spend whatever precious few moments I manage to grab relaxing and pampering myself in other ways.

So therefore, in my opinion, showers are ideal; they use less water, save time and just seem more convenient. Plus I love the smell of the fresh water as it pours down from the shower head and I enjoy the feel of the ‘waterfall’ on my skin. It is both relaxing and refreshing at the same time. I even meditate in there sometimes, it is the perfect place for visualisation!

Here are my reasons why I think showers are better:

• Saves time

• Costs less money

• More environmentally friendly/ less water usage

• Convenient

• I can’t hear the chaos going on in the rest of the house with the shower on!

• I am marginally less likely to be disturbed in the short amount of time it takes to shower!!!

• Sensory experience

Shower image

On the other hand, Squiggle’s dad prefers baths. He sees a shower as a necessity to be clean, smell good (or less bad – his words!) and often to wake himself up, whereas a bath is more of a luxury; somewhere to relax and shut off from the world. His top tip is to add bath salts or magnesium flakes.

He also wrote this tongue in cheek (I think anyway?!) list on why he thinks baths are better:

• Bath salts

• Bath bombs

• Bath paints (I’ll leave this open for debate as to whether he actually means for himself or for kids!)

• Face packs

• Bubbles

• Snacks and drinks

• Reading, music, tv

• Selfies

• Talking to people; either through the door, in the room or on the phone

• Seeing how long you can hold your breath under water

A bubbly bath

Hmmm, some of those can be done in the shower too though! And some are better out of the bath in my opinion! (Wet ipad anyone?)

Anyway, moving on…

As for Squiggle? Well, she prefers showers but she does also like to sit down too! So as I mentioned before, walk-in showers with seating would be perfect for her! But as we don’t have one of those at home, she simply uses our over-bath shower and just sits under the running water in an empty bath! Does anyone else do this? Or just her?!

Walk in shower with seating

Since the results are somewhat therefore tied within our small family of 3, I took to twitter to solve the debate! So which is more popular; bath or shower? The results are in! Drum roll please…

Showers are the clear winner with a whopping 88% of votes, in what was quite possibly the most pointless family debate we have ever had! But still fun… and dare I admit, actually quite interesting!

What do you prefer – baths or showers? Tell me in comments!

*Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.

PalmistryHD: Review of Palm Reading and Horoscope App

Are you a fan of reading your horoscope or do you think it’s a load of nonsense? What about other forms of fortune telling? I have to say, I am abit of a sceptic about such things!

Don’t get me wrong, I am very spiritual and believe that our universe has amazing mystical powers. I also realise that humans only use a small percentage of our brains, so we do not even begin to fulfill the potential of what we could achieve with our minds. Therefore, I firmly believe that some individuals are capable of things that others aren’t – or, more accurately, are more tuned into certain abilities that we all possess but do not access – such as telepathy and psychic awareness for example, as well as the more basic sixth sense that comes from a strong intuition. But I feel that some types of fortune telling, such as horoscopes, are just too generalised and gimicky.

However, I do find the whole subject fascinating. And I am definitely open- minded and curious about it all. So when I found out about the new PalmistryHD app I must admit I was quite intrigued and wanted to give it a try!

The app can be downloaded on both IOS and android. It does a basic palm reading for free and for a charge of £11.99 it can go into more detail. It also has a daily horoscope section too.

Screenshot of Palmistry HD app showing palm reading and daily horoscope options.

I tried out the free palmistry feature of the app (android version). It was very quick and easy to use, it literally only took a few seconds. The instructions were very straightforward and easy to follow too.

A screenshot of the palm reading app

I found the results an interesting read. I think some of the reading rang quite true but I do also remain somewhat cynical to be honest, as I suspect that perhaps alot of things stated are vague and general enough that they can be interpreted in whatever context the reader chooses and can relate it to. Here is a short excerpt from my personal palm reading…

Screenshot of an excerpt from my personal palm reading results.

I have only tried out the app on myself and, to be honest, I do also wonder how unique my reading is. In other words, if a handful of people tested all it out, would we all get entirely different results? I don’t know the answer to this but I would be keen to find out. However, the app is abit of fun and some people might find it insightful potentially. Why not download the free version of the app and decide for yourself!

Here is a YouTube video that explains more about how palmistry works:

What do you think about it? I would love to hear your opinions!

*Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.