If you’re a regular reader, you’ll have read about my pen pal initiative that I wished to set up; in collaboration with Abbie from Abbie Chic, we swapped boxes. (Click here to see my post.) The idea is to choose a theme, set a budget, and then send it off to the person in question… and you may exchange letters after! (Click here to see what I sent Abbie.) I teamed up with Emily from Thoroughly Modern Emily (visit her blog by clicking here) ; she’s a blogger with an uber cool sense of vintage style. Here is what she sent me, all the way from Chicago, United States!
I think I need to work on my presentation of blogger boxes.. this is what was in Emily’s parcel. I will admit to feeling a little bit bad, as I had bundled everything in in her parcel; I had been in a dash, a rush. Look how pretty this paper is!
This was the card; I love cityscapes like this! I’d love to go back to the States…and Emily is really funny; her card made me smile.
We had decided on a dual theme; stationery and beauty. As a female, I’m not the most feminine; I don’t ‘get’ make up, but I was delighted to receive this Eyebrow kit. Very easy to use…
Emily also sent me this eyeliner pen; I just had to try it out, there and then. The pen is thin enough to slip in your bag, and has a slightly springy cap. I love it, as I had been in need of one for a while.
Just how cute are these tiny noteletts ?!? (I think that’s how you spell it…) Emily noted how these reminded her of corresponding with a relative. These now are a permanent fixture in my handbag.
Thank you to Emily Hallock for sending me these!
* These swaps were inspired by a post over on Abbey Louisa’s blog; you can see that post here.
If you regularly read this blog, you’ll probably know that I love to write; this has been running since 2012, but this year was the year that I decided to post daily. Anyway, you’re probably wondering; “why two posts today?” I would like to tell you about my Blogger Pen Pal Initiative.
One of the things I love most is putting pen to paper; behind a screen, I think we can loose touch a bit, in the sense that it is so easy to forget that there is a human behind the screen. For a little while now, I’ve been trying to set up a pen pal switch; largely with letters. I also saw this post (click here to view) on Abbey Louisa’s blog. When partaking in a blogger Twitter chat, I got talking to Abbie from Abbie Chic; we emailed the next week, and promptly set about swapping boxes. (The prefix of ‘blogger’ in ‘Blogger boxes’ was because we’re both bloggers.) We had a budget of five pounds or less, and the theme of ‘Candy’. Here’s what came in my box!
It was Saturday morning that I received this; and it was in a lovely dotty bag! (Because what’s not to love about Sugar arriving in the post?!) As you can see, the theme chosen was followed to the letter. I loved the way that this parcel was laid out; I felt really bad, as I had been in a dash-and hadn’t thought about the wrapping for mine, purely bundling it up in an envelope at the post office!
Left to right:
- Chuppa Chups pizza slices.
- A galaxy bar.
- Darkside skittles. (Perfect snack whilst blogging!)
- Milky Way.
- Jelly beans.
- Haribo Golden Bears.
What a privilege!
As you may have also seen, there was also a letter; the paper was really pretty. (Abbie’s handwriting is sooo neat!) The idea of this whole launch was to put pen to paper-because there’s just something so pleasing about getting another missive through the door. I’ve found that it really can brighten some people’s days.
I shall definitely be writing back!
To view Abbie’s really cool blog, click here. If you would be interested in a letter, just tweet me. Lastly; go and check out my Twitter giveaway (it launched today) in collaboration with Nicole from A Beautiful Chaos!
A friend sparked the idea for this post; she was bored, and messaging me, asking all sorts of questions. Here are fifty things to do if you’re bored!
- Read a book. Any book.
- Go for a walk.
- Dream about a holiday you wish to take.
- Plan to make it a reality.
- Reorganise your bedroom.
- Colour code your planner.
- Colour code your wardrobe.
- Even colour code your shoes!
- Have a blog post brainstorm.
- Learn a craft.
- Use that craft.
- Rip out any articles you wish to keep from your magazines, and file them away in a folder. Can be about anything.
- Sign up to be a volunteer.
- Do not go on a shopping splurge.
- Plan a day out.
- Plan a picnic.
- Challenge yourself to learn all fifty states of America.
- Learn to recite a poem, the longer the better.
- Dance crazily to old songs.
- Even practice your Jazz hands 😁
- Plan a party.
- Netflix and a tub of icecream? Yes please!
- Paint your nails.
- Paint your toenails.
- Run around the block, or your garden.
- Offer to walk your neighbours dog.
- Binge watch TV.
- Start a new project.
- Go wild with stickers in your planner!
- Try a new beauty splurge.
- Spend all your time on Facebook.
- Visit a library.
- Borrow a book from that library.
- Contemplate all of life’s tricky questions.
- Learn some new slang.
- Hashtag everything you say.
- Play a board game.
- Hold a board game marathon.
- Write all your birthday cards.
- Write all of your Christmas cards.
- Go through your clothes, and donate those that don’t fit to a charity shop. Donations are always needed.
- Practice yoga.
- Tweet! Compulsively.
- Read the news.
- Debate the news.
- Write yourself a future letter.
- Find a pen pal.
What do you do when bored?
Sounds ambitious, right?
Looking back at all the blog posts I’ve written this year, I haven’t explained-yet-As to why I wanted to attempt the three hundred and sixty five day challenge. (Basically: post daily, and tweet your posts.) It’s about time I explained why I’m writing this, right?
This is a teeny tiny blog, something that’s fully my corner of the internet. It’s the project that I’ve developed ever since setting it up five years ago. But I would Love to expand this website. It’s too quiet-with double digits as the average viewing figures. I would love to expand it.
If you’re an aspiring journalist like am, you’ll probably have noticed that the industry seems to be shrinking; print is in decline, newspapers have to meet budgets, and there’s more competition than ever before. (Wow, way too many axioms!) I’m still sitting my A levels, and will be training in the field; meanwhile, I wish to add more to my online portfolio. 365 days to post and publish! It may be a lot, but I would like to build it up for a possible future career. And I also wish to write for myself.
But the thing I like about Blogging? The community. Although I have made a few mistakes-never tag a blogger on Twitter, for instance!-it has never been malicious or nasty. (Trolling is, by contrast.) For this year I want to build my platform; I would love more guestbloggers. (After all, it gets boring to hear my own writerly voice all the time!) These guest posters are some blogging community members that I admire most-And I am so grateful that they write for me.
Finally, it’s a form of discipline; I’ll be up late some nights, scheduling posts months in advance. Gotta to keep to a deadline! It has also made me more aware of keep different spaces for posts, following up guest posters, and keeping to the deadline. But you’ll also need a backup plan, just in case. Surely these are all skills that a journalist may need? I may be a student, but I can still write for myself.
What do you think-would you ever attempt the 365 day challenge?
Because who would not want to do this?! Continuing with the ’50 things’ series, here’s the latest addition.
- Suggest a film night-with them choosing the film, and possibly, the theme to go with it. (Horror, anyone?)
- And that includes stuffing yourselves. (The occasional indulgence is alright, surely?)
- Take them for a surprise day out, wherever they like-they could have even have mentioned it before. You also don’t have to spend a lot of money, or even any at all.
- Visit them-suprise drop in visit.
- Write them a grattitude note, and hide it in their possessions.
- Plan and execute some sort of gesture that will appeal. Can be comical, serious, sentimental, etc.
- Plan a Netflix night in with them.
- Go for a walk together.
- And a dog is optional.
- Spend time just talking to them, seeing how they feel.
- Make something for them, with them in mind. (Rainbow scarf anyone?!)
- Play Truth or Dare like we’re young again. Ha ha!
- Make a scrapbook for them.
- Dress up for yourselves, and take lots of photos…
- Facebooking them is optional.
- Play a physical game of exercise. And competitively. Football anyone?
- Board games. Tournament. What could go wrong?
- Play a prank.
- Visit your nearest libray.
- Binge on a boxset.
- Or two.
- Or three.
- Spend some time on snapchat, transforming yourselves by filters. The sillier, the better.
- Play Exploding Kittens.
- Better still, order the Extension pack.
- Listen to your favorite song on repeat.
- Put on music. Loudly. Dance.
- Reminisce about the past.
- Create a wall collage.
- Start a blog.
- Read. To each other, alternating, etc.
- Cull your magazine collection.
- Do a puzzle.
- Do a Skype call with a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
- Guest post on each other’s blog.
- Spend a day baking.
- Try learning how to crochet.
- Bake the other a surprise cake.
- Make a meme complimation.
- Ben and Jerrys.
- Haagen Daz.
- Need I say any more?
- Read a magazine from cover to cover, and making a note of all the pretty things.
- Write a list of what you’re grateful for.
- Write a fantasy list-of what you wish to own, do, etc.
- Interview each other. Not as weird as it sounds.
- Paint each other’s nails.
- Compile a ‘feel good’ Playlist.
- And one themed as ‘nostalgia’.
- Comment on this post!