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Getting Back To YouTube

I have been very quiet on my YouTube channel over the past few months, very quiet. In fact, my last upload was last summer! I think it was a case of having the kids at home during the summer, and I try not to work when they’re off school, and then settling into my new routine from September. The full time studying has taken some adjustment period, so I have prioritised that and then the blog in the time I’ve had available. But I have found I’ve missed sharing the odd video here and there, so I’m determined to get Read more >


My Favourite Books of 2017

My Favourite Books of 2017

Can you even imagine how long it’s taken me to settle on my favourite books of 2017? I’d planned to share five, but I found I couldn’t narrow it down to so few, then I remembered that I am writing this post and can choose how many I like! So these are my eight favourite books of 2017… Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend by Jenny Colgan Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town – she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her Read more >


The Pen Pal Sign Up January 2018

Happy New Year! We’ve had a lovely break here, and with the kids still off school, the fun is set to continue. But I thought it would be good to pop back here and kick off a new pen pal sign up for the brand new year. What better way to start the year than with a new snail mail hobby or by making a new friend? This is a chance to get yourself a pen pal or two. Of all of the Bring Back Paper activities that I run, I admit that this is the trickiest one to arrange Read more >


Christmas Cards – Love Them or Loathe Them?

My kids are both now at school, at primary school. Which means that they both like to send every classmate and teacher a Christmas card. Which means that they get 30 back. 30. Each. So there we have sixty cards that I need to find homes for, before even considering the cards that we all send to one another and those that we receive from family and friends. Which comes to my only issue with Christmas cards. Where to put them all?! I might have been known to sometimes accidentally lose a few of the school cards when they arrive Read more >


Win uni-ball Stationery!

I just had to share a little stationery joy today! uni-ball have a great new competition running, and I also have prizes up for grabs here, so read on to find out more…. Get your hands on one of 250 packs of uni-ball pens for absolutely FREE in uni-ball’s Snow Globe competition. Head over to the uni-ball Facebook page and play their Snow Globe competition to get involved and be in with a chance of winning! You can enter each day in December to be one of the lucky instant winners, plus each time you shake, the snowball will give Read more >


Sending Christmas Snail Mail

Sending Christmas Snail Mail

If ever there was a time to be sending snail mail, it’s at Christmas. More post gets sent out now, as many of us send cards out to friends and family, along with any normal letters to pen pals. I love it! It’s an opportunity to send smiles through the post, so I have been buying a few things to pretty up my Christmas mail to pen pals, which is fun for me to do and hopefully the recipients will enjoy receiving them. I bought these from Amazon last week, Christmas Stickers and Christmas Table Confetti and they are proving to Read more >


Lonely Planet Kids Books

When Lonely Planet Kids got in touch offering us the chance to check out a couple of their new books, we couldn’t resist. We are a household that loves our books, and I like to add to the kids’ reference books  selection as much as their fiction shelves. These new titles have been brought out just in time for Christmas, so if you’re like me and always like to buy your kids at least one new book for Christmas, this is perfect timing. We were sent two surprise titles,  How Animals Build and Dinosaur Atlas. How Animals Build Explore the Read more >


3 Easy Ways a Bullet Journal Can Make You More Productive

3 Easy Ways a Bullet Journal Can Make You More Productive

You may week know that I love my bullet journal here. I have written a few posts about how I use mine, from a beginner’s guide through to using it for different purposes, and today I wanted to talk about it as a productivity tool, its primary purpose. When you see images of bullet journals, they’re often pretty, with great doodles, beautiful writing, carefully laid out grids and so on. Well, they are not like mine! I do use washi tape and brightly coloured pens to pretty it up, but as you’ll see in my video ‘Bullet Journal Set Up Read more >


Why Do I Read?

I read. Quite a lot. I love to read. I always have a book on the go. I do tend to only read one at a time, unlike my daughter who has 3-4 going at the same time. As soon as I finish a book, I peruse my TBR pile and select my next read, I do enjoy this part! I have a lot of books on that pile as I’ve bought quite a few and have managed to acquire many more – when people know that you love to read, they like to pass books onto you – perfect. Read more >


Stationery Swap November 2017

As thoughts turn to the festive season and treating others, it seems like a good time to treat ourselves too! So what could be more perfect for that than a #BringBackPaper stationery swap?! This is a chance for you to spread some happiness with happy mail as you enjoy putting together a parcel full of pretty papery goodies for your swap partner and then unwrap their offerings as a treat for yourself! It is nice and simple to get involved. You just need to pop a package of stationery bits and bobs together and send them out into the world Read more >


#30DaysofPaper November 2017

It has been ages since we have had an Instagram papery challenge, so let’s try one next month! This one will run from the 1st November, so I’m giving you a little bit of time to get ready and spread the word if you think others might like to have a go at this one too. If you’ve not seen this before, it’s an easy photo a day challenge over on Instagram designed to get you thinking paper, and admiring snaps of other people’s stationery stashes and shelfies. It’s a lovely way to connect with like-minded #BringBackPaper folks over on Instagram Read more >

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Keeping A Birthday Journal

Keeping A Birthday Journal

Today I am talking about keeping birthday journals, as this is something that I love doing for my children. What’s a birthday journal all about? Every year, after I put my kids to bed on their birthdays, I sit down and write in their birthday journal. It’s a keepsake that I am creating for them, building it up year on year. Why do this? I really enjoy keeping birthday journals. I can’t quite recall what gave me the idea, but I did think of it just before my eldest’s first birthday, so we’ve not missed any years. It’s very easy Read more >


Is Handwriting Still Important?

How’s your handwriting? I know mine leaves a lot to be desired. I do write regularly, though, which I think helps, whether it be notes, plans, my bullet journal, or long snail mail letters. It means I don’t find the feel of a pen in my hand strange when I do put pen to paper, but I wonder how many of us do write this regularly in an age of texts and emails? Uniball share that ‘according to the Institute of Education, the quality of handwriting education in primary schools can have a direct impact on success into secondary and Read more >

How To Teach Cursive Handwriting To Children

Book Swap October 2017

Hooray, it is book swap time! I do love a good old book swap. I’m not sure whether the best bit is receiving a surprise book in the post or choosing which one to send out! The idea behind the book swap is very simple and easy to take part in. It’s open to all, as long as you’re aged over 18. The idea is to send a pre-loved fiction book out into the world for someone else to enjoy, and for the recipient to be reading something that they may not have chosen themselves. It’s a really lovely item Read more >


6 Happy Mail Projects To Try Today

I do love my happy mail here. I like writing to pen pals, receiving happy mail in return, and building those friendships over time. It does take time, you do need to keep writing to pen pals, so what if you don’t want to commit to a long term deal, but some fun, quick and easy happy mail projects? Well, here are a few ideas for happy mail that you could send to brighten someone’s day and fulfil your need to post! Send a Smile in the Post to Post Pals I have done this before, and just writing this Read more >


Exciting New Look for Letts Key Stage 2 Revision Success

My children are both in primary school now, so of course, those SATs tests do lurk around corners for them. Boo completed her KS1 SATs in May and remains unaware that she did so. Her school handled them really well, with no stress or pressure put on any of the children, as should be the case for 6 and 7 year olds. I know that the KS2 Year 6 SATs are more formal and the kids are aware that they are taking those. When that time comes around, I’ll do all I can to reassure and keep any stress at Read more >

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