Disclaimer: this post contains PR samples. All that I have been gifted was at my own request, and my opinions are my own.  
“What do you get a journalist for Christmas?” is something that I have been musing about this week; largely because I get to hang round a lot of them, but also because I am one myself. (Sort of.) Anyway: as part of my Christmas content, I thought I would put together a gift guide for all you ‘journo’ people!
Reporter’s notebook. *

I was gifted this from Pocket Notebooks; needless to say, it’ll come to such good use. In nearly three months, I have used two of these-because after all, I practice shorthand daily. If you know a Journalist who practices Shorthand, these notebooks are ideal! (And I love the retro feel of this.) See it, and buy it, here.
A book about the industry. 
A biography is something that I love to sink my teeth into. I also love thriller’s with a journalist at the centre. (Has anyone read anything by Fiona Barton? Her novels are immense!) My personal ‘journo’ hero is Harold Evans-the editor who helped expose the Thalidomide scandal. This man lead an amazing life! You can see all his books here. Another great journalist is Lesley Ann Jones; click here to find out more about her book. 
A fancy pen. *
For me, the novelty of a new pen doesn’t wear off; I also accumulate a collection of pens, wherever I go. The Pen Company gifted me this fancy pen:

It’s shiny, blue, and makes my handwriting look, well, legible. For once. You can also personalise the pen-the colour, type, with engraving, etc. Plus: the differing ink colours has a lot of variation. The pen you create is therefore all your own. Click here to see it. 
A T-shirt.
Okay, so this is slightly ocular.. A quick search of Amazon reveals some quirky t-shirts. To the average layperson, what is a journalist? ‘A fact finding Ninja’ according to this shirt. Or: if you wish to save a journalist, this shirt has the ideal solution.
Energy. *

Because some of us work hard, you know! Brain Fud is a brand that was founded by a man called Philip, who struggled with chronic fatigue due to sickle cell. (This is under ‘Our story’ on the website.) So, these are drinks are designed to do exactly that-and I will be reviewing them in a full post in the new year. Click here to buy. They also have a blog, and are regularly looking for writers.



This year, I have really become engrossed with writing; no, scratch that, I am in love with writing. Be it letters, columns, a daily post, words are intoxicating, almost. So: this was part of the inspiration behind my Christmas Card Exchange Project!

I got to work with one of my favourite stationery brands, Say Nice Things. (See my review here.) They sent me the above set of pretty Christmas postcards-which, really, I could not keep for myself. (You can buy them here.) But an idea was hatched!
I connected with various Bloggers on Twitter and Instagram; we’d be sending a card, and getting one in return.
Christmas cards are not something that I have received a lot of; therefore, I thought that this could be a way to bring a smile to someone, to brighten up their day. Because, well, there’s not something better that you can do, right? (See 50 ways to make someone smile here.)
Cards, or even letters, are important-and I often find that letters, parcels, etc being a rarity a sad thing. (Because we got email!) There are projects that I love-such as More Love Letters, One Million Lovely Letters, and Post Pals-that I have gotten on board with this year. In conjunction with these projects, I’ll also be sending and hiding some Christmas cards where I live.
The Say Nice Things set was a bit too small; there are lots of people I wish to write to! I bought this set from Dodopad LTD, which are now written out, stamped, ready to be sent. There are also some cards for relatives, and people that I don’t regularly see.

I’ll let you know how the exchange goes-as I’m posting the cards off today.

P.S The Pen Company had a post on their website about card etiquette, which you can read here. 

With Instagram polls, I’ve recently tried to interact more-and therefore take feedback about what posts I should be doing. It has been a little while since I’ve written a “What’s in my bag?”-so, that seemed ideal for today!
Recently I was at a dinner, but I needed some things with me; this is from Deichmann, which I bought for twelve pounds, I think. (It was on sale! Plus it has cute bees.) As far as I understand, it’s no longer stocked. But if you’d like an alternative, please click here. 
I have a lot of things with me:
Going from the top:

  1. Paper. I have a letter, as well as various pieces of yellow paper that have jottings all over them-because if I don’t jot it down, it’ll be gone. (Maybe I should have a notebook with me?)
  2. Hand Sanitiser. This is a PR sample I was gifted for a Christmas gift guide, which I’ll share with you in December. But Ive put it in my bag, because I like how discreet it is, and that it’s more of a spray than the bog-standard design. Oh, and it also has a pug. Click here to see more.
  3. Another project I’m also working on is an Autism healthy food guide-because sensory issues impact on what we do and don’t eat, but why should this impact on whether we eat healthily? I’m testing various products at the moment, to see if I can eat them dependent on my sensory issues. Anyway, Chewsy gum gifted me two gum samples-as seen here-for me to try; you can buy it here.
  4. Book. Because if I’m on a train, or in a car, I need something to do with my mind. This book I sort of liked-it’s trashy, glamourous-but also, I feel, glorifies some terrible behaviour. I didn’t really enjoy it in the end.
  5. Dr Paw Paw. A lovely multi-purpose lip balm!
  6. Press card. Because if there’s a story that I’m at the scene of, I’ll need an ID.
  7. Pens. I need to write!


What’s in your bag?

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Hello all!

So on Saturday, I posted about meeting my Pen Pal in Brighton; Abbie from Abbie Chic had organised a meet up to celebrate her blog birthday. Whilst there I was lucky enough to be gifted a goodie bag; therefore, I thought I should write a post about ‘unpacking’ it. It was very sweet, fabulous, and had a lot of ‘swag’ in it.
Abbie had designed the bags herself; aren’t they just the coolest thing?! (Definitely my favourite superpower.) There was also a tiny badge attached-right hand top corner in the photo-with the words ‘Eat, Sleep, Blog, Repeat’. Zazzle is a gem that I have yet to fully explore.
And the inside…
Dr Paw Paw, 10 ml multipurpose balm:
Dr Paw Paw, as you probably know by now, is one of my favourite things; with regard to that, I felt very lucky to receive this tiny tube. Nicer than the pink tint version I have, this version is ideal to tuck into your bag.I also like how it doesn’t have a smell, is slightly thicker than the pink version, and is clear. Perfect!
Click here to buy the 10ml version.
Pocket Notebooks: 
I love stationery, enough so to maybe start a collection; one day it could start a Museum. Anyway, I received a pink notebook, a green sketchbook notebook, a pencil, a bulldog clip, and a dog paperclip. I like the feel of the pink notebook in my hand; although a little bit small, I intend to save it for when I start a new project. The pencil is really nice to write with; because we all forget how nice an HB can be. The dog paperclip now has pride of place in my Filofax. Abbie had also wrapped this parcel up in tissue paper and washi tape, which was to keep it all together.
Click here to browse stationery Heaven. 
Abbie is my pen pal; it still delights me to receive fairly regular letters in the post. I was due a letter from her; instead of posting it, she gave it to me, and for safekeeping it was put in my goodie bag. I loved the pink ink (Paperchase’s!) and the feel of the paper in my hands.
As with any goodie bag, there are the PR cards; always useful, they often have the brand’s information, as well as maybe having instructions as to the products in the bag. Abbie also put in her business card and a note saying about what’s in the bag.
Nakd Snack Bars: 
Because as a Blogger, I adore food. I was grateful to receive these.
Click here to indulge in Nakd bars. 
Doctor Kimoto Original Hot Eye Masks: 
Now I can’t find any website or social media for this brand, but if you do see it about, I cannot emphasise how great they are; essentially an eye mask, they heat via the air, and are relaxing. I got home from a networking event, and despite being knackered, used one. It calmed me down, and was relaxing.
If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I reviewed the Spongedry a little while ago; it’s an incredibly nifty device, and is ideal for a make up addict.
Click here to buy one.  And see my blog review here. 
Little Known Box. 

Little Known Box is a brand that I love, simply for how universal it is. There was a small bag of beauty products, and I can’t wait to try them out.
Click here to view. Or here to see my blog review. 
Thank you very much Abbie for inviting me, and gifting me these products; to see and visit her blog, please click here.

Have you ever been to a Blogger meet up? Let me know in the comments.

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Hey everyone!

A little while ago, Abbie from Abbie Chic and I met up in Brighton; she had intended to hold a bloggers meet up to celebrate the second birthday of her blog. Anyway, I loved meeting my pen pal (you can read about our blog box swap here), and I thought it would be nice to show you where we went.
And just as a side note: this was the perfect thing for me. There wasn’t too many people, and the location was quiet; Aspergers aint gonna stop me now!
This was The Flour Pot Bakery; apparently Zoella likes it? It was tucked in on the corner of Sydney Street, and sells savoury and sweet products. The seating is plentiful, and the insides peaceful; fab!
I had a Coke-quite warm-and a Rocky Road that had been made that day. (Yummy!) Whilst eating and drinking, I chatted to Abbie about everything under the sun; Blogging, Magazines, my College..
The entrance to the bakery.
I had unpacked my (fabulous) goodie bag whilst in the bakery;  I’ll be uploading an ‘unpacking’ post later this week or today-I have yet to decide.
We had a look around the adjacent streets; Abbie spotted this very cute dress! (Because, yeah, I’m a crazy cat lady.) I liked Pen To Paper, a very retro stationery shop; I’ll probably have to back, as their website has lovely powder blue writing supplies.
Roly’s fudge is also a lovely place to visit; if you wish to see Fudge being made in front of you, some samples, or a gift to give a house-sitter, this is where you should go. We spotted this sauce, which did hold some fascination. (Fudge on ice-cream; this sounds like a great thing!)
In the next shop (next to Roly’s fudge) there were these very cute umbrellas; they reminded me of Alice In Wonderland, playing croquet..
And nearby…
Were these. To be honest, I just liked the way they looked; I’m not really much of a drinker. I think they make a cocktail, but they look almost akin to a bath bomb, or a bath salt product..
And look at these pretty pieces of artwork on building exteriors:

Abbie also showed me a few new places in Brighton that I had previously been unaware of; have any of you heard of Beyond Retro? I hadn’t, so I loved walking down to the Warehouse-esque building, and pouring through the flick-through-shelving and bargain bins. (I also got a Christmas present for my Mum there; Abbie spotted it, so all hats off to her.)
If only I had a small waist lie this dress requires! Loving the blue on this..
And look what I found:
Marty McFly’s lace up boots! (Well, sort of.)
I loved the glitter on some of the outfits, although I would never wear these garments; it’s a sensory thing, because without lining, it would drive me crazy. But look how shimmery, how beautiful they are 🙂  I was particularly taken with the green shirt (see if you can see it.)
And there were shoes EVERYWHERE.
I didn’t know DM’s could be sequinned like this! There were also sixties style pumps-I was taken with them-but the sizes varied quite wildly. If you like a bargain, this is a great place to go.
I had a lovely time meeting my pen friend; Abbie is lovely to talk to, and she didn’t make anything awkward to me. (Because having ASD means meeting new people is not something I’m particularly good at.) A Blogger’s meet up is a perfect day out in this respect; I also loved getting to know Brighton just that bit better.

Click here to see Abbie’s blog. 

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