Blog Update: Plans.

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If this is a return visit for you, you may know that I have been away for my blog now since early December. I am not going to make an excuse for why because I don't have one, but I wanted to make a post today just to let any readers know what my plans are for the future of LaurenAmyBlogs.

I don't want to go into too much detail of what is currently going on in my life but to put it simply I am struggling, with everything, my moods, looking for a job, motivation and studies. My studies are the most important thing at the minute as I am coming towards the end of the year which means that I have two essays and an assessment to go, which are all due in around the same time.

So, getting to the point I have decided to take a break from my blog and to wait until I have finished my first year with The Open University. Once I have finished I am free from studying until October, which will leave me enough time to get back into the swing of blogging and to become better organised.

I appreciate every single person reading my posts and I hope that anyone who reads my blog will stick with me through this break. I will be staying active on social media and I will still spend my free time planning posts and getting my blog to the point where I am happy with it.

Thank you for reading and you can follow me on: Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, you can also follow my blog on Bloglovin where you can stay updated on my recent posts so that you won't miss anything once I come back :).

Lauren.

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What's on my iPhone?

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Firstly I want to apologise for the complete state that my blog is currently in. I'm having a lot of trouble trying to find a theme and I wanted to leave it as plain as possible until I find one that I like.

I was completely stuck whilst thinking of a new post to write, I liked the ease of my old blog, knowing that each week I could pick out a random piece of makeup from my makeup bag and I could write a quick review of it. So this time around I'm finding it a lot harder to think of things to write about, firstly things that I want to write about and share, and secondly, things that people would like to read.

I decided to do a 'whats on my iPhone' post today as I'd like to share with anyone reading the apps that I use and love, although some are boring and I won't go into any detail about them, I will talk a little about my favourites.

My wallpaper which you can half see in the background of the main photo is of a butterfly resting on a plant in my grandparents garden. Pictures like this make me remember; 1, why I love my grandparent's house and garden so much, and 2, how much I love taking pictures.

First Page:
Messages, Calendar, Photos, Camera,
Contacts, Notes, App Store, Settings,
FaceTime, Clock, iBooks, Utilities Folder
(Reminders, Podcasts, Calculator, Health,
Find iPhone, Wallet, iTunes Store, Weather, Maps),
Smart Bank, My Vodafone

Smart Bank is the app I use to check my balance, and My Vodafone is the one I use to check how much Data I have left. I read my University books on iBooks, listen to 'RuPaul: what's the tee' on podcasts, and other than that it's just the usual phone stuff.

Bottom Row:
Phone, Safari, Mail, Spotify



Second Page:
Facebook, Messenger, Groups, Twitter,
Tumblr, Outlook, Snapchat, YahooMail
Netflix, YouTube, eBay, Instagram
WhatsApp, Idiot Box, Indeed Jobs

The apps I probably use most out of all of these are Netflix and YouTube (you can see my current Netflix favourites here and my favourite YouTube channels here) as I tend to spend a lot of my time watching something or other in the background whilst I am doing Uni work or other things

Idiot Box is an app that I downloaded around a month ago and nobody has been able to find it on the app store once I've told them about it, but to explain; it is an app where you add any shows you're watching and use it to keep track of which episodes you've seen and which ones you haven't.

After these apps I just have a few folders which I will list below.

Games:
The Trail, Tinker Island, Taps to Riches

I don't tend to play games on my phone too often as I'm more often on my laptop during the day due to University stuff, but when I am I like these games as I can go on them whenever I feel like.

Lifestyle:
Raffler, Days, FreePrints,
Kickstarter, WeHeartIt, Wishopoly,
Virgin Red, iMDB, Buzzfeed,
BBC News, Superdrug, Amazon

My favourites out of this bunch of apps have to be; iMDB, Buzzfeed and BBC News.

Raffler- this is an app that I recently downloaded, each day, in reward for watching two ad's  you are entered into a daily raffle, with a chance to win anything from £100.

*Before downloading this app I did my own research into the app, please do the same yourself before thinking of downloading the app.*

Blog:
Ananlytics, Gmail, Bloglovin
Wantfeed, PS Express, Spark Post,
Pinterest, AllWomensTalk



Health: (Or as I call them, the most useful apps on my phone)
Nomie, Headspace, Sleep Cycle

Nomie is an app that helps you keep track of habits, for example, I drink coffee, and I am a smoker, so I decided that I wanted to keep an accurate track of how much I was drinking coffee and smoking daily. It's so simple to use and you can adjust the positivity of the activity, for example with both smoking and drinking coffee, I have it set so that the more I do it the more negatively the data is shown.

Sleep Cycle is an amazing app and I honestly think that without it I would have never woken up for work in the past. It tracks your sleep using the microphone on your phone, or can use the accelerometer instead, and gradually wakes you up within a half hour period of your alarm time, when you are in your lightest sleep. I have never been a morning person and do not react well when suddenly woken up, or when woken up at all for that matter! But this alarm starts low and gradually gets louder, easing you out of your sleep.

Uni Stuff:
OU Anywhere, iTunes U, UNiDAYS

I use OU Anywhere to download the books or chapters of books that I need to read for my degree, iTunes U I don't really use because I don't have the time, and UNiDAYS is amazing for student discounts!

Thanks again for reading,  as life is very hectic at the minute but I'm wanting to still keep blogging, the problem is that I am struggling with thinking of things to write about so please do leave a comment with some suggestions.

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My Current Favourite YouTuber's

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For years now I've spent my free time watching YouTube videos and during this time my tastes in videos and YouTuber's has changed, today I'm writing a post about my favourite YouTuber's at the moment.

I won't be discussing channels with MILLIONS of subscribers such as Unbox Therapy (who by the way if you haven't heard of, you should go watch) and Zoella. Instead i'll be posting about smaller, but definitely not worse YouTubers who I love.

Links to all channels that I discuss will be added to this post.

JaackMaate aka Jack Dean: I have watched Jack's videos for as long as I can remember, and before anyone goes off to watch his videos, I would advise not to if you are easily offended. I find him absolutely hillarious and I love the frequency of his uploads (every Monday and Thursday).

On a positive side Jack isn't afraid to speak about issues that some YouTuber's will avoid out of not wanting to cause conflict. Jack also has a series on his channel called 'Jaack Chat' where he interviews celebrities, his most recent being Ricky Gervais which was bloody brilliant.

Jack also has a vlogging channel and a football channel if you are more interested in those types of videos.

VelvetGh0st aka Gabriella Lindley: I watch all of Gabby's videos and I love every single one, she uploads a huge range of different vidoes, some of my favourites are; My Weight Loss Surgery, Full Face Using Kid's Makeup, and her most recent Primark Haul. Also, any videos where she sings as her voice is amazing but her cover is Niall Horan- This Town is my favourite so far.

Gabby also has a vlog chanel where she posts random days out her life, I love watching Gabby's vlogs as they're so full of honesty its refreshing and I always leave Gabby's videos wishing that she was my friend!

DaintyDressDiaries aka Catherine Carton: Now Catherine only uploaded her first YouTube video on the 5th of November, but I am SO happy that she did. I have followed her on snapchat for a while now and she is amazing.

Also she runs a blog which you can find here. I have only gotten around to watching one of Catherine's videos so far but her second is waiting patiently in my watch later list ready for when I finally get to it, it's a kitchen tour, her house is basically my dream home and her cat Blondie is the most beautiful cat I have ever laid eyes on.

Chris Stuckmann: This is currently my go-to channel before I watch any movie, I tend to like to find out wether or not a film is worth watching before I bother, and Chris' reviews in my opinion are always spot on. If any of his videos contain spoilers he will make sure the word spoiler is in the video title and is really good at explaining generally what the film is about without ruining the whole thing.

My favourite video by Chris at the minute is this year's Halloween Special. I don't watch every single video Chris uploads, I tend to just watch his reviews of films that I am interested in watching at the time, or films that I have watched as I am always interested in seeing what people thought of films I loved/hated.

RoseEllenDix and TheRoxetera aka Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton: I've paired these two together because, you pretty much don't get one without the other. They're a married couple who mak the most insanely random videos I've ever seen and I am obsessed with them. They also sometimes interview celebrities, you can see their recent video with Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and Irraf Khan here.

When I first came accross both chanels I went back and watched almost all of their videos together, and as soon as they upload a video, I ignore my 150 odd long 'watch later' list and watch their video as soon as I get the change. They also have a gaming chanel where you can witness their hillarious attempts at playing games. Give them a watch and you won't regret it.


Thank you for reading, if you liked this post I would be more than happy to do another at some point as I'm always finding new YouTube channels to watch. Please leave a comment below on what you think of these YouTuber;'s, or some recommendations of new people for me to watch. 

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