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Lollipop Box Club Review & Competition

Today I am excited to be sharing with you this month’s Lollipop Box Club kit and a competition for one of you lucky folks to win a box. I think the first thing to say about the Lollipop Box Club is that it isn’t simply a stationery subscription box, it is a fair bit more than that, it really is a club. Along with the kit, there is a blog, a YouTube channel and a Facebook community group. Each month there is a theme to the kit and with each theme there’s a meaning behind the kit to help inspire Read more >


Birthday Additions To My TBR Pile

Of course we all know that I needed more books. It was pretty much a given that I was going to buy a huge stack of them on my birthday, wasn’t it? A book-buying binge is pretty much synonymous with my birthday! You may be aware that I already have a significant To Be Read pile. I’m not sure of the exact number of books that I own and have yet to read, and I do my best to avoid checking and counting them, but I’d guess it’s in the region of around 40 books. Ish. Give or take a Read more >


Bullet Journal Prompts for Bookworms

Today I am sharing a few ideas that connect two of my favourite papery things, bullet journals and books! I have been thinking up a few bullet journal prompts for bookworms. I love putting together new bullet journal collections, some that are entirely practical and useful, others that are simply fun to do. These are a bit of a mix between the two. If you aren’t a big reader, then they aren’t likely to be remotely useful, but to those of us who often have our noses in a book, or spend far too much time browsing book shops, there Read more >


Send Some Snail Mail This Month! #BringBackPaper

This month, I’d love to encourage more people to send out some snail mail, by running a little #BringBackPaper challenge. It’s such a simple thing to do, and I absolutely believe that it cheers up the recipient and is a fun thing for the sender to do. I know, I know, I do go on about this, but just try it and you’ll see why. OK, so you’ve read this far and you’re thinking, ‘yes, this would be a nice thing to do….but who do I write to?’ Good question. Fortunately, it’s one that I can help with! – send Read more >


Having Pen Pals – It’s A Selfish Thing

I talk quite a lot here about my love of snail mail, having pen pals, spreading the happy mail joy and so on. And it absolutely is about brightening someone’s day with lovely post. But, it’s also a selfish thing. No question about it. Having pen pals gives me an excuse to buy loads of stationery. An actual legitimate reason! My first thought, and it’s totally selfish! Now, you can pen pal with the most basic of stationery as it’s all about the thought and your lovely messages, but I do love the additional fun of building up a rather Read more >


10 Inspiring Instagram Accounts for Snail Mailers

10 Inspiring Instagram Accounts for Snail Mailers

Oh, how I love Instagram, it’s just so pretty there! I also love to send lots of snail mail and inspire others to do the same. Which is why today I’m combining these two loves and sharing with you 10 inspiring Instagram accounts for snail mailers. Teaforcamellia A post shared by @teaforcamellia on Nov 28, 2017 at 11:39pm PST Edelweiss_post A post shared by Patrick Dea (@edelweiss_post) on Jan 18, 2018 at 7:16am PST Thepapermistress A post shared by Ksenia | Paper Mistress Store (@thepapermistress) on Jan 12, 2018 at 10:02pm PST Italic.I11ustrator A post shared by italic.Illustrator (@italic.i11ustrator) on Read more >


Stationery Swap February 2018

Firstly, I just want to say how much I loved running last month’s Bring Back Paper activity, a pen pal sign up. We had more people than we’ve ever had get involved and it was so lovely getting emails from so many people keen to send snail mail. I do hope that everyone that joined in gets their letters out there this month, and don’t worry if you missed out, I will run another one soon. In the meantime, we have a fun stationery swap to get involved in! This is a chance for you to spread some happiness with Read more >


The Stationery That I Couldn’t Be Without!

OK, OK, obviously I want all of my stationery and so much more, but I have made myself think really hard about this. Really hard. So today I am sharing with you the stationery that I couldn’t be without, those items that I either use the most or the ones that simply make me the happiest. My Bullet Journal Where would I be without my bullet journal? What did I do without it?! This is always out and open in the kitchen, ready to keep me on track for the day and it’s a great place to capture memories along Read more >


Free Pen Pal Resources

Today I wanted to share something of a go-to post for all of your snail mail needs, a free pen pal resources list for you. It includes plenty of printables, from writing paper to pen pal trackers, along with a stack of ideas for snail mail that you can send. I hope that it helps and inspires you… Writing Paper Of course, you can use any paper you want, but if you’re looking to pretty your letters up, here are a few websites where you can download a variety of paper designs from: Printable border stationery Fun printable paper Cute 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 >


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

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 >

3 Easy Ways a Bullet Journal Can Make You More Productive

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 >


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 >