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Thursday, 20 October 2016

What's on my Kindle - Holiday Reads

When I bought my Kindle I was hoping to use it a lot more than I do. I can't get away from the love of paper books. I keep buying them and a find them easier to read. 

The Kindle has many benefits in that it's much lighter and easier to carry round than the paperbacks I read. It also means I have no excuse not to finish a book, as if I haven't got enough pages left to read there and back from work I tend to give on book only to pick them up much later. 

Another huge benefit of the Kindle is that I can have a good number of books and choose to read a different book each time without having to remember which book to take with me.

This also come in handy for holiday. I remember a few years ago stuffing 12 books in 2 cases and having to leave some clothes behind!

The current books are a real mix of genres and some I have read but my kindle won't connect to my home wifi (not sure why) so I can't remove them.

While I was looking for books on Holiday I signed up for Kindle unlimited which means you can borrow up to 10 books at a time for £7.99 a month (30 Free Trial First).

It seems to be £1.99 books are the ones you can borrow but as I'm happy to read almost anything this suits me.

I'm working my way through the Sweet Valley High series which are on the unlimited list.

Crossing Places by Elly Griffith was an interesting read and I bought the serialised Wildflower Bay by Racheal Lucas. I really enjoyed this but wish I'd waited and bought the full book.

The Hope That Kills by ED James was a free book for having Amazon Prime, it's a psychological thriller which sounds like it will be a little scary but I'm hoping it will be good. 

I'm half way through A Song For Issy Bradley and being honest I'm not enjoying it. I'm finding it a hard read, the subject matter and I feel apprehensive as I read it. I'm not sure if that is the sign of a good book or not and I keep putting it down. It's set in North West England and centres around a Mormon family who have lost a child and it's the story of grief and how her family are coping. I'm not coping well with it. I'm determined to finish it but I'm not sure I'm tough enough for it. 

The other books are a mix of cheap 99p books and free amazon / kindle unlimited books. 

I'm always on the look out for new books to read so let me know some of your recommendations 

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Sports Cam HD

I was looking for a Sports type camera to try and inject a bit of fun and life into my holiday vlog and I couldn't justify buying a Go Pro. When I asked for recommendations. Emma from The Cheshire Wife offered me this camera as a gift. 

I'm really looking forward to trying it out and I'm hoping to try it to film a lush bath bomb before I go away so if that works I'll insert a clip here but no doubt I'll forget. 

Inside the box you get a massive amount of accessories. I'm not sure I will use them all and I'm planning on only taking the minimum on holiday but I've listed before what you get from a listing on Amazon: 

1x Sport Camera
1xWaterproof Case
1xBase 1xProtective Door(notwaterproof)
1xBack Clamp
1xAdhesive Mount
1xBicycle Stand
3xSwitch Support
1xFixed Base
2x3M Adhesive Tape
1xWire Rope
1xData Wire
1xCleaning Cloth
1xUser Manual

The camera it's self is small and fairly light. The waterproof casing does add to the dimensions but it doesn't feel excessive and if it keeps the camera safe I can't complain. 

the case itself was tricky to open as it has a Z - locking mechanism but I watched a couple of YouTube videos and it's one of this when you know, you know type moments. 

The camera takes a micro SD card that isn't included but I have a number of micro SD cards that that wasn't an issue and they are readily available and I recently found 16GB ones in Asda for £5 each. Glad I stocked up (I bought 2, does that count as stocking up?) 

The charger is a Micro USB which is the same as most Android and Kindles and a charging cable is provided. 

I have tested it out in the bath with a Lush bath bomb. The lighting is terrible as it was dark outside but at least I know the case doesn't leak and I'm quite impressed.

I'm excited to try it on Holiday. As I type I have read the instructions. I've just plugged in a memory card and pressed record. I also don't know how to get the time and date off but I guess I need to get reading. 

The only thing I've noticed is the battery doesn't seem to last long, I'm not sure if I've accidentally left it switched on but I'm happy with the couple of test films I've recorded so far.  

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Weekend Away Makeup - #BlogOnMSI

A couple of weekends ago I went to #BlogOnMSI in Manchester and I decided to make a weekend of it and stay over. I thought I’d share the makeup I took with me.

I’m trying to not over pack when I go away for short breaks and even fortnight holidays. Even though I want everything with me I know I won’t use half the products I take with me so I feel like I’ve choosen wisley this time.
This make up was to cover a Saturday night out and the event on Sunday.

Eye Makeup

Kohl Me Beautiful – Brown eyeliner – I picked this up in Pound land a while ago and it’s a really nice eyeliner for soft smoky eyes and I prefer it to some dearer brown lines that I’ve tried.
Kat Von D – Tattoo Eyeliner – This is new to me and I haven’t tried it as I type but from swatching it, I like how thin a line I managed to achieve on the back of my hand
Essence long lasting Black Eye Pencil – I’ve not used this for a while, but I like how this looks on me.
Eyelure Mid Brown Eyebrow Gel – My brows are a little on the wild side and this helps to tame them, it also fills in the colour without the need for pencil as well
Maybelline Crème de rose colour tattoo -  when I bought this I intended to use it as a base under other eyeshadows but more often than not I went it on its own with liquid (felt tip) eyeliner.
Tanya Burr Hollywood Palette – The perfect Christmas party palette. It has 3 fairly neutral shades and one shimmery old gold shade. I’m really impressed with the quality of these shadows and as the event has a festive them I thought it was the time to use it.
Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara -  It claims to tint your lashes and while I don’t feel like it’s made any difference to my lashes, which admittedly are naturally dark. It’s a good day time mascara and is easy to build up without getting clumpy.

Face Products

Maybelline Eye Eraser concealer – Over the past 18 months I’ve used two or three of these and recently I’ve been missing it. I have managed to use up two of my other concealers so it’s time to reopen this and see if I still enjoy using it.
Botanics Radiance Balm – If I’m honest I’m not really sure how a radiance balm works or what it does, but this smells nice and I’m using it as a primer / base before foundation.
Nars Orgasm – I only crack this out for special occasions and I don’t know as it’s a really great blusher for me. I will have to start using it more often.
Nude Magique BB Powder -  I feel like I’m always really negative about this powder and never look forward to using it but yet I’m still using it. I don’t feel the need to use something else. I don’t know if this is because I’ve got my project pan hat on (I’m not panning this but I do feel more inclined to try and use up products) Or if it’s because I can see the shadow of pan slowly emerging. I don’t think I’d buy it again but it’s not awful (Glowing review there)
Nude Magique Cushion Foundation – Initially I didn’t like this but I’ve changed the way I apply it to using a dry beauty blender and a dabbing motion and I like it. I feel that it is a very wet formula and that I need to leave it to set for a few seconds before I apply any other products.
Milani Hermosa rose illuminating powder – The nude magique foundation is a little bit light so I like to use this to warm me up a bit.

Lip Products

Revlon Balm stain in Honey – I’m so close to finishing this product I’m keeping it with me at all times. Not using it that often but I’m sure in the next week or two it will be finished. This is a great colour and really easy to apply on the go.
Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple – Another product I’m trying to use up this year and it’s a really nice red, it goes on sheer but can be built up and I like wearing it for nights out.

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle -  My current favourite lip colour. This is a good day time colour for me and I’ve been enjoying wearing it. 

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Book Review - RSVP by Helen Warner

I've hardly read any books in the past couple of months but one of the ones I really enjoyed was RSVP by Helen Warner. 

It centres around a group on Uni Friends who have gone their own  way after uni and follows up after they go to a reunion. One of them is getting married but who will actually marry? 

 Anna hasn't been able to move on after she caught her uni love in bed with a "friend", Claire is successful in her career but is looking for more, Toby has settled and is getting married, Ella is a successful author but her marriage to an older man is strained. It has all the hallmarks of a classic chick lit tale and it is one but the journey each person goes on was interesting if not a little predictable.

The main focus is on Anna who is a primary teacher who is invited to her Ex's wedding but isn't quite over him, Claire who she still lives with goes as her plus one and the story follows them as they go to the hen do and wedding and what comes after.

In some ways there are too many characters fighting to be main stage but they are all needed to make round everything off. I would also like to see this book redone from the other three main female points of view and learn more about their back stories.

Over all it a good 3.5* book. It's not classic literature but it's good quick read and perfect for curling  up in a chair with a hot drink and the fire on and losing a couple of hours.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Blogging Friends and appreciation for them

Over the past few weeks I've had a few opportunities to spend time with friends I've met through blogging. Also known as my blogger friends. They differ from friends in real life in a number of ways.

The first noticeable is that I speak to them more frequently, in some cases I see them more often and I feel like they understand me more.

As much as I love my friends in real life very few of them understand the world of blogging and most of my interests are blogging or social media related and online friends get this.

They are there to send virtual kittens when you're sad, they do really lovely things like a whip round when someone is in need. They offer their time to help people move house and they help support each others social media platforms and I'm not talking about like for a like type thing but real genuine interactions. Often having conversations on different platforms at the same time on about different things.

I've just look back through the albums on my laptops and I've got some really lovey pictures of me and other bloggers but I don't have enough. I'm an observer and I have some lovely pictures of other people in pairs or groups but I'm not in them.

The bloggers in my circle of friends from the plus size community and the North West bloggers who have a wider split of blog types but our commonality is the North West of England and in theory we can meet up more often.

  Looking back on these pictures makes me feel loved and I feel inspired by each and every one and it makes me want to take more selfies as I need to do another one of these posts with more pictures.

If you have any pictures with me in from recently events would you mine emailing them to me so I can update this post.

At the end of September when we were still on a high from BlogOnMSI we had a mini #BlogOff night which was 6 of us going out for tea and chatting. Putting the worlds to rights, catching up. Just being friends. I didn't get any pictures at this and I wasn't even going to blog about it but when speaking about Blogging friends, these kind of nights are important. It's not all about going to events to network. For me when you ask me how an event was I will tell you how much I enjoyed chatting to other bloggers. We had Wagamama's followed by cake and gin in Carluccio's and it was Aces!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Lush Manchester Arndale - The Halloween Range

If I had to name a company that have great seasonal products Lush would probably be at the top of my list. 

They change, develop as well as bringing back classics and it's always fun and exciting. I popped into the Lush store in Manchester Arndale. It's moved into a bigger unit across from it's previous location and the shop is so much easier to get around and the staff seem more relaxed and I didn't get pounced on which is my least favourite aspect of my usual Lush trips. 

Lush Manchester Arndale - Halloween Gifts

I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of glitter. As much as I like sparkles, I'm not a fan at bath time. There is still some from your inner magpie to enjoy but enough of a mix to keep us all happy.

Lush Manchester Arndale - Halloween

I'm loving the product displayed and everything about the Manchester Arndale store seems fresh and dare I say funky (I'm too old to use that word)

I picked up three items, Boo A bubble bar and cute as a button, this is flavoured (scented?) with things I don't like including ginger but together it smells amazing and if I didn't know better i'd think it was food. I also grabbed The Autumn Leaves bath bomb which I bought on the strength of an instagram video making it look oh so pretty. It also smells so fresh.

Lush Manchester Arndale - Pumpkin

My final item was one of the Pumpkin bath bombs, I loved the scent and they are very cute with their little faces smiling back at me.

I'm excited for the weather to turn and it become bath season so I can try all of these out.

What are you favourite Lush Halloween products? 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

I need your help! What's in a name?

What's in a name? - Should I re-brand?

I've been toying with re-branding for well over a year. I think part of the reason I fell out of love with blogging is that I'm bored of being seeing spots, I feel like I've out grown it. It has no meaning any more. 

However I can't think of anything else I identify with. I have no fun or quirky names and I seem to lack imagination.

The obvious answer would be to change my blog name to my name but my name is long. 17 letters. I can barely spell it let alone type it successfully. I also don't like my name very much, there is also a lot of Steph's and Stephanie's in the blog o'sphere. Which seems odd as I only knew of two Stephanie's IRL  till I was about 25. One I was names after and another girl at my primary school. 

How did you choose your blog name, what do you think my new one should be? Can I even face a name change? 

I need a name change so it will be worth it but need to find something I love, that isn't taken and isn't too long. 

I'm just not cool enough for this name thing really so any idea's are welcome. I think if and when I do change it will be at the end of December start of January 2017 so no real rush.


I wrote the above before I went to Blog On during the first session by Michelle from The Joy Chaser I my have come up with an idea for a new name but I need your help.

Its by no means perfect and I need you to leave me a comment with the first three things you think of when you think of me.  

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

test blogging - new tech

A little while again I bought a ASUS Transformer book for blogging on the go.

I set it up and and I may have downloaded a virus to it right away! Way to go. I closed it and left it!

But now i'm off on holiday and want to take it with me. I want to Blog while I'm there and I maybe want to film and edit videos. What do I do?

I'm currently downloading anti virus software but now I'm feeling extra cautious thinking every link I click is going to be dodgy.

I really need someone else to be in charge of my tech purchases and set up.

The anti virus is almost installed so I'm going to let that run and hope I haven't wasted my money on this kit.

I also need to work out a way of editing on the go, I only know windows movie maker and no idea what I can use.

it doesn't help that I'm not used to it and I'm getting random pop ups but saying asus offering me cloud storgae and to download drop box, all things I use n my main laptop but these look a little different. Are they spam? Who knows.

Ok anti virus is running. i'm going to bed and not going to worry or dwell on it too much.
PS if anyone has any idea where my ipod might be can you let me know!

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

H&M Tassel Earrings

H&M Tassel Earrings

It's not that often I find myself feeling or being “On Trend”. I've recently been spotting people wearing earrings with tassels and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. 

Twitter is an amazing resource for getting recommendations. Rather than google I turned to social media and almost immediately I was pointed in the direction of H&M. 

There was a wide selection in store but most were a lot larger than I'd anticipated or were very heavy. 

H&M Tassel Earrings

As tassels are very much outside my comfort zone I wanted something unobtrusive and quite delicate.

I spotted this pair of gold earrings and liked that they were on the small side compared to the other earrings on offer and gold is a neutral and will work well with a lot of outfits. 

They were £5.99 and I'm hoping they will be comfortable to wear (i.e. I can keep them in for more than an hour) 

H&M Tassel Earrings

I have spotted another pair in black which are a bit more elaborate and heavier but they look amazing on everyone I’ve noticed wearing them.

What I’m really hoping for is that Primark have some, cheap and cheerful ones and I can buy all the things!

Have you spotted any Tasselled earrings and what do you think of this trend?

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Month in a Minute - September 2016

I think these month in a minute posts are a great way to look back and reflect on the month. My life is fairly static, I don't feel like my life is any different no to 10 years ago.

Things must have changed but to be honest maybe not all that much as I type I'm watch The OC which was on between 2003 - 2007 so maybe life hasn't moved on so much.

September might have been my busiest month of the year so far. It's been an amazing month and I've had a lot of fun.

It started with me challenging myself to blog every day and I did. A couple of times I blogged 2 times in a day. I think I blogged more times in September than I have all year and I enjoyed it. I've also set up a blogging schedule and planed in some posts up to the end of the year, I have found my mojo after all.

By the time this goes live I will haven seen the Theatre version of Brassed off twice. We enjoyed it so much we booked tickets to see it again. I also bought it on DVD and it's still as amazing now as it was 20 years ago (see life hasn't moved on)

As mentioned before I've decided to rewatch The OC from series one. It's one of those show's I rewatch every few years and it still a favourite. I want to live in The OC.

September has also been the months for events. I went to The Curve Fashion Festival in Liverpool, I had an amazing time and it really relight my fire to get back into doing fashion posts.

BlogOnMSI will have also happened after I write this post. It will be my 4th event and I'm trying to put any event anxiety behind me. I'm going to go. No expectations, not try and please people. Just chat, say hello to as many people as possible and maybe learn some new things.

I finally went to The Vintage Cupcake Kitchen in Saddleworth for afternoon tea with my friends, we also had a wander round a craft fair and had a couple of drinks in a pub beer garden.

There are a couple of other events coming up such as I've finally booked a hair cut and a second holiday which isn't until December but I'm sure it will come round fast.

Hopefully as this goes live there will also be a Youtube video showing the highlights and I'd love it if you check that out. Don't forget to subscribe to my channel and leave me a comment.


Friday, 30 September 2016

Day 30 - B.E.D September 2016 - #BlogOnMSI Winter 2016 - Blog Conference

For the past three years Blog On has been up there in the highlights of my blogging life. At the end of the Conference in May Laura announced there would be a second conference this year and I bought myself a ticket as soon as they were released. 

This Blog On conference was winter themed and I felt slightly under dressed as people had really made an effort to be festive. You'll get a better festive flavour if you watch my vlog of the day. (I'll add a link once it's been edited.)

Much like the past 3 conferences we took over the top floor of MSI Manchester which is a really great space as it has a large lobby area with a number of smaller rooms for sessions as well as a large room which can be subdivided.


Small Man Media

While I was in the queue my eyes were drawn to the Small Man Media table which was filled with some extremely exciting products. Nu Notebooks and Sheaffer Pens as well as other exciting products. I left them with a bag full of exciting products which I think deserve their own post but this table made my day. Small Man Media are also the team behind National Stationery week which might be my favourite week of the year!


Matalan also had a team and I won a the pair of mens brogues like the ones in the picture below. I was really taken with the black boots with the glittery heel. I can feel a trip to my local Matalan coming on. The team left early and I wish I'd had a chance to speak to them as they seemed really lovely but as I saw them as soon as I arrived I didn't stay around them for long. Hopefully they will be at the next one and I can speak to them more then.


I've been a loyal Jet2 customer for a number of years and I've got 2 Jet 2 Holidays booked for later this year so it was lovely to meet the team and I attempted to enter their competition to win 2 flights to the canaries but then I realised I don't have a competitive bone in my body and kind of gave up. It was at the point I couldn't make Plasticine hair and the guy from Jet2 had to make some for me!!!

The idea was to give Holi their mascot a make over to star in their advent calendar - meet one too many sangrias Holi not coming to an Advent calendar near you EVER!! 

It was lots of fun and I was very impressed at the standard of the other Holi's that had been decorated by other attendees 

Carnival Cruises

I know I keep saying this but it's true, I really enjoyed chatting with Lucy from Carnival. She was really passionate about her company and it was nice to hear about some of the things they are planning away from the family side of cruises. She also gave me sweets and a travel mug so that's always good. I've never been on a cruise unless you count a mini cruise from Hull to Ze Bruge in the mid 90s. 

Stag Bakeries

Sometimes the best idea's are the simplest. Stag Bakeries have brought out sweet straws, they also have the more traditional cheese straws and kelp water biscuits. My favourites were the Blackberry and Basis sweet straws. They are the darker ones below. I've got some Raspberry and chocolates ones from my goodie bag that i'm still to try. 

Another of their products which I think is worth a mention is the Christmas Cake which would be lovely as a gift for a Christmas cake lover, this is stocked in Waitrose and is more of a present than a buy to eat yourself type product. 

Other Brands

 As always there were a number of other brands and PR companies. The lovely people from Portland Street, Laura from Party Delights, A whole host of toy companies, Canvas Holidays and they had a competition to win a holiday and it was won by my friend Jenny from The Brick Castle. Sarah from A New Advetures in Baking also showed me how to decorate a christmas cookie. A picture of my handy work is on my Instagram account.

The Sessions

While we waited for the keynote we took full advantage of the table decorations and I adore this picture of myself and Rachel, it was lovely to see her and she shares my love of pens and planners and it was good to spend some quality time with her. 

We started with a Key note from Liv's recovery kitchen where she talked about her recovery from addiction and her plans for the future. 

When it came to the sessions in May, I made some wrong choices, I felt quite overwhelmed at that event but this time I was so much more relaxed. I didn't have one of my moments. I went, I enjoyed, I didn't get overheated and I picked some good sessions. 

Session 1 - Falling in love with your blog - The Joy Chaser

As I've said a 100 times during my blogging every day in September posts, I'd fallen out with my blog but from this session which I'm ready to make some changes and as I write I have plans. I need to do some research and checks but there will be changes to seeing spots in the new year hopefully.

Michelle who ran the session was really approachable and came across really well, she's also supplied hand outs with practical exercises to help us see the direction we should be taking. It was in this session where I may have decided or at least confirmed seeing spots needs a name change. The idea I came up with isn't perfect but it's on the right lines. 

After the session I commented on a post in a fb group and she replied offering support and advice which was lovely. 

Who knew a Venn diagram could be so useful! There is also going to be a online course coming soon. The details to pre-register are on her blog. I'm not sure if this will be a paid for course of free but I think it's worth looking into if you're feeling a little meh about the whole blogging thing.

Session 2 - YouTube

Another very enjoyable session, a lot of new tips and tricks and thanks to a thread in the group I've finally hit 200 subscribers. (Yay - Fist pump moment) 

I'm determined to work harder and get my channel going and I'm going to make more effort with my thumbnails. 

I filmed rather than took pictures of this session so give the vlog a watch to see this. Don't forget to like, comment and subscribe **Wink**

I didn't go to the third session, well I did but I nipped out as I needed the loo (TMI?) and used the time to chat to some of the brands and speak to friends. 

Session 4 - Instagram

The last session had three interesting sessions and I was torn which to go to but decided to go to the Instaram one and I'm glad I did. 

It wasn't revoloutionary stuff, all common sense but it was from 2 persepctives and I picked up different tricks and my followers have grow by about 100 in a week. It took me months to hit 1200 followers and over the weekend it hit 1300! 

I had great moment of self doubt with Instagram, I worry I'll piss people off but you know what it's my account if they don't like it then they can jolly well unfollow me. 

I'm not going down the route of creating themes but I am going to work on the quality of pictures and I'm going to refrain from spamming unless I'm at an event and I am going to use hashtags. 

The session was run by Colette  and Kate, they both had increased their following in the past 9 months. I was at an event where we were all talking her into getting IG around 2 years ago and I felt really inspired by how far she has come. It wasn't a case of I must work harder but more a case if I make some small changes I can enjoy it more and increase my following. 

The Rest

I couldn't think of a better heading, I'll be honest. Would a blog on be the same without cake and what an amazing cake it was. Sarah, who helped me decorate a biscuit was responsible for making this amazing creation. There was also wine provided by Lidl I was really generous of them and I have to say it was some of the nicest white I've tried in a while.***googles the nearest Lidl***

Santa also sent some of this Elves to spread some Christmas cheer and check which list we all belong to. I was fascinated, scared and highly amused by them. They would have been better if they didn't squeak (You might have needed to be there) 

They made us all smile and they did a little dance for my vlog but I hadn't pressed record. I'm so sad I didn't capture that footage. 

I had such a lovely Sunday surrounded by amazing bloggers, I felt like I had time to chat to bloggers I could as friends, people I've only spoke to online and even some new people. Sadly I can't remember name and blogs but Hello if I spoke to you.


As always a huge thank you to MSI, they are great hosts and catered a delicious Christmas themed lunch, with little pies, quiches, turkey and stuffing sandwiches, pigs in blankets and roast potatoes. It was delicious and I really enjoyed my lunch.

I always come home with a camera full of pictures taken in the lift, I need to arrange a day to look round the museum itself.

If you looks back at all my old BlogOn posts you will more than likely find that I've written the same and these photo's might look familiar!

There are also celebrating the Manchester Science Festival over the October half term and it looks like there are a number of exciting events on so if you're in the area it's well worth checking out. I'm going to have a look at events that don't require the need for children and see if I can make it to any events.

The events are all across the city not just at MSI itself so might be worth seeing if there is anything local to you if you're in the North West.

 Once again a huge thank you to Laura as always you've put on a fantastic event. Arranged amazing goodie bags. To be seen to be believed, Once I unpack it all I will show you it.

Laura couldn't do all this on her own, she has an amazing network of support, from the bell ringers between the sessions, people to help pack the bags (Thanks Jenny & Sim) Alice who co-ordinates behind the scenes and provides us with epic train stories as she leaves us in the North. I feel like this is a bit of an Oscars speech but it's needed. Everyone who is involved needs thanking!

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Day 29- B.E.D September 2016 - Planner Sticker Haul

It's the penultimate day of my Blogging Every Day and I can give you a spoiler alert. I've offically done it. The last post is written and scheduled and I've surprised myself. I feel proud that I set myself a task and stuck to it. I planned and prepped and I bloody did it! Yay me.

Planner Sticker Haul

I picked up and planner and then spent a fortune on stickers! I thought i'd share with the the ones I picked up. I have got another set up as that was quite a large order I might save them for another post. 

Planner Stickers Erin Conden

I grabbed these three sheets of Happy Planner stickers and they are really nice quality. I feel like they are a bit big for my planner but I have managed to use a couple of them and I'm sure I can fit them in and make use of them.

I also lost three days looking round Etsy, it is awash with stickers, insert and there are lots of discount codes.

I bought a mix of personal planner (Filofax sized) stickers as well as Erin Condren sized stickers from Kelizabeth Plans and these are really lovely quality matte stickers.

Again they are not a perfect size but I can make them work for my planner. I adore the colours of the September pack and there was more sheets than I remembered but it is right I have double checked.

Etsy Planner Stickers Erin Conden

I don't want to go down the route making no white space spreads. I want my stickers to compliment and not over complicate things but I think they have added to my sticker love.

Do you plan? Recommend me some sticker or planner shops

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Day 28 - B.E.D September 2016 - Washi Tape Collection

For today's Blogging Every Day it's one of those days when you don't realise you have an addiction till you organise everything into one place! 

Washi Tape Collection

If you've been following my earlier posts you will know that I've really got into planning. I've also had a bit of a reorganisation of my craft supplies into easy to access places and I seem to have a bit of a washi tape problem.

Washi Tape Collection, Paperchase, Ikea, The Works, Poundworld

I love buying things then I don't use them because they are too pretty or I just want to keep them forever and look at them.

Washi Tape Collection, Paperchase, Ikea, The Works, Poundworld

I'm trying to make sure I use some each week and trying hard not to buy any more until I get through quite a few rolls!

Washi Tape Collection, Paperchase, Ikea, The Works, Poundworld

I really don't need any more and I'm sure this isn't a lot compared to many people and even if a lot of this is cheap poundshop tape I have to stop keeping it for best and start using it!

I did win quite a few of these rolls, All the thin plane washi as well as the pineapple and bunny tape.

The rest is from a mix of paperchase, pound shops, The Works and a few roll's I picked up in Lanzarote last year.

Washi Tape Collection, Paperchase, Ikea, The Works, Poundworld

Do you love washi tape? How do you use it? 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Day 27 - B.E.D September 2016 - Favourite quote

The end is in sight, I can see it on the horizon and my Blogging Every Day challenge is drawing to a close. October brings, Sun, sea and shopping rather than the usual cold but sunny days, leaves changing colours and the nights drawing in as I'm going on Holiday to Lanzarote.

Favourite quote

This is a tough one for me and is one of the prompts I got from Pinterest. Years ago when I was about 20 my friend bought me a book to write quotes in and I did write lots in it but I have no idea where it is. I did write in it weekly and read over it often. 

I like movies some people think are a bit odd and obscure and I think a lot of people expect me to be a RomCom kinda girl and while I like those my favourite ever film is Buffy The Vampire Slayer followed by Battle Royal way above Bridget Jones Et Al. 

Thinking of movie quotes, one I think of daily and it gets me through dark moment is:

"Hello, My name is Inigo Montoya. 
You killed my father prepare to die"

Princess Bride - 1987
I don't know why this is my go to mantra, it's a bit like Jingle Bells is my default ear worm. I often say this to myself followed by "As you wish".I know they don't go together in the film but they are a default to me. 

Other quotes are a bit of a mash up of lines to make a brand new quote. It's a mix of:
Amilyn: We're immortal, Buffy. We can do anything!
Buffy: Oh yeah? Clap.

and Amilyn's scene over the end credits while he oooo's and ahhhh's for well over a minute. It works in my head

I guess when it come to other quotes, there are lots of classics which can be seen as somewhat cliche but if you like them and they make you feel happy and uplift you. 

 If life gives you lemons and all that jazz, I may have made this one up, or it might be another mashup I made in my head. It also might be one cos I'm a bit lazy and like to think i'm a bit funny! 

Hope you've enjoyed a few of my favourite quotes. I'd love to know yours.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Day 26 - B.E.D September 2016 - Most used Apps

I'm currently Blogging Every Day in September 2016, plugging my way through a set of prompts I've set myself to encourage myself to blog more.

 Most used Apps

I'm not sure where an app starts and a website ends so I'm going with an app meaning the most used things on my phone. These might not be things I like (they probably are). 

I have a nice little pattern. I check in no particular order Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,YouTube. I then do a circuit about 3 times before I settle on one to look at. 

Twitter - In the past I've loved twitter, I love the instant interaction and quick pace but since an update a few times ago where they suggest things they think you'd like and show you stuff from hours ago. I really don't care about that. I want instant up to date data! My Instagram and possibly some blog stuff auto posts but I seem to only open it once a day or if I get a notification. (I do use it for some instant message chats) 

Facebook - Is another love to hate, hate to love app for me. I use it, I scroll, I sometime like things but I've hardly updated it other than things that auto post. I am in a few groups which I do interact on there and when i see my facebook memories, I think I should post more! Maybe I should start interacting on it a bit more. I also want to start using my blog page more.

Instagram - My favourite, I am very visual and I haven't really noticed much change since the algarhythams have changed but I started the account to use in conjunction with my blog but I use it for random pictures of everything. It isn't one of those pretty IG accounts. Its just a true account of my life. I also have a second account which is for my Slimming World stuff. 

I also play candy crush soda saga and pet rescue saga. I'm rubbish at both but they are a bit addictive. 

I might have also had a little dabble with Pokémon Go but I've got to level 20 and given up! 

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