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If you follow me on Twitter, you know I am often tweeting about my love of all things stationery. Whether that is a pretty new notebook or my collection of washi tapes, stationery holds a special place in my heart. After getting a gorgeous new Heidi Swapp planner for Christmas (thank you Vicky!) and recently a couple of cute new notebooks (thank you me!), I thought it would be a good time to blog about the stationery I am currently using to keep my blogging life up-to-date and organised… well, attempting to anyway!

In this post: Heidi Swapp Gold Stripe Memory Planner / Little Moments Heidi Swapp StickersCat, Dinosaur, Unicorn Notebook by Anna Alekseeva / Bright Ideas Notebook by Rachel Ellen Designs / To Do List Doodle Pad by The Native State / Born To Blog Mug by Ruth In Revolt 

This month I treated myself to two new pretty notebooks. Does anyone else find new stationery motivating? It makes me want to write, learn, brainstorm, doodle, take over the world, anything!

Notebook #1 is the awesome Cat, Dinosaur, Unicorn Notebook by Anna Alekseeva which I am using for blogging research. One of my 2019 ambitions is to learn Pinterest for blogging and not just look at cute cats and holidays to the Maldives. I am hoping the Cats, Dinosaurs and Unicorns will help me in my quest, I have even enrolled on a Pinterest Course, so wish me luck please!

Notebook #2 is the adorable Bright Ideas Notebook by Rachel Ellen Designs which I discovered in John Lewis and thought it was too cute to leave in the shop. This book is for all my future blog post ideas.

This month, I haven’t planned very far ahead on my blogging calendar but I find keeping a list of posts very helpful. I use the To Do List Doodle Pad by The Native State which is really cute, and as I blog twice a week I can fit a whole month on each page. When I have a blog post idea or collaboration, I jot it down in pencil so I know what’s coming up. I also make a note of it in my planner so I know when to write the post.

The lovely Ruth from Ruth In Revolt sent me this fantastic Born To Blog mug at Christmas which I adore and it has proved very handy for storing all my colouring pencils. It sits on my desk for whenever I get the urge to get all creative and you’ll see that everything in my planner is colour coded (planner nerd here).

And here is the star of the show, the stationery item I cannot live without, my planner. Every year, my sister buys me a new planner and this year it is the beautiful Heidi Swapp Gold Stripe Memory Planner complete with Little Moments Heidi Swapp Stickers and gold, pink and black washi tape (all the heart eyes!).

Every Sunday I decorate my pages with a few stickers and washi tape and I am ready for the week ahead.

My favourite sticker, pretty much describes my mood everyday, ha ha.

Here is a snapshot of my planner in all it’s colour coded glory. This was the first week of the year, so it was pretty quiet, normally I do a bit more than lunch, blog and swim (actually, or do I?) Netflix not included.

Enjoy the little things – like going to Hobbycraft <3

These are my current stationery essentials for blogging, although I am sure I’ll pick up some more throughout the year (I can never resist a pretty notebook or a few cute washi tapes!). I hope you enjoyed seeing how I keep my blogging life organised and colourful. What are your stationery must haves for blogging? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!

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Boom. And just like that, here we are at a brand new year, hello 2019. I hope you all had a great Christmas doing Christmassy things, if I could sum up the festive period in three words it would be cheese, PJs and Netflix (living my best chilled out life right there). What three words would best describe your Christmas? Let me know in the comments! So to kick-start the new year in the most organised way possible I’m going to be doing a Dream Plan Do 2019 planner giveaway! Woo yeah, exciting!

To enter, please see details at the end of the post, but firstly, let’s take a look inside:

Dream Plan Do is a journal that helps ambitious creatives with their dreams, plans and ideas and encourages us to turn them into a reality. It is perfect if you are looking to grow your blog from a hobby and turn it into your career. It is created by Patricia van den Akker, an experienced business adviser, trainer and coach to thousands of creatives. The aim of the book is to help you dream bigger and think more strategically, plan how you get from A to B and take action to move your business forward.

It’s full of helpful exercises to enable you to plan in detail, write down your thoughts and regularly reflect on where you are going. Dream Plan Do allows you to think with clarity and focus by asking the right questions and giving practical step-by-step advice. It covers a variety of important topics such as creating your brand, social media strategy, managing your time and finances, marketing and selling online.

Dream Plan Do helps you spend your time and energy more wisely. It’s like having your own personal coach. It is packed full of information, giving you new ideas and strategies. There is space to record your financial, marketing and social media statistics to see which areas need focusing on.

Throughout the planner there are interesting pages from various creatives explaining how Dream Plan Do worked for them. They each offer tips and suggestions on how to get the most out of the book and share their success stories on how it improved their business.

Every three months there is the opportunity to set some goals and break them down into do-able actions. It helps you to prioritize what really matters instead of just adding more to your to-do list. It works on all aspects of your creative business, including the parts you have been avoiding.

I really like the time management section as it explains how we can group similar tasks together and allocate them to specific days in the week. For example, as bloggers, we might spend a chunk of time content creating, some time on promotion, some time on reading and commenting on blogs and so on.

Having a detailed plan is a simple way to stay focused and organised. There are TONS of pages in this planner which will keep you on the right track in having the most successful year yet. The book is beautifully designed and also comes with an annual wall planner with space for your own appointments and all the major design and craft events in the UK and abroad (inc. with the giveaway).

If you would like a chance to win the Dream Plan Do 2019 planner (RRP £38.00) all you need to do is:

  1. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER @HELLOBEXA

  2. FOLLOW DREAM PLAN DO ON TWITTER @DREAMPLANDO_COM

  3. RT MY PINNED TWEET 

One winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday 9th Jan 2019 at 6pm. Good luck to everyone who takes part! Have you made any plans for 2019 yet? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!

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In the photo: Notebooks by Pastel Elixir

Whenever I post a book review, you can guarantee the subject is either going to be self-development or blogging. Today’s review is all about social media, a topic which I find fascinating, as some days I love it and think it is awesome, and other days I feel completely disconnected, exhausted and overwhelmed. So instead of trying to figure it all out myself, I decided to check out Social Media For A New Age by Katie Brockhurst.

Katie is known to her clients as a ‘Social Media Angel’, and spends her time coaching and consulting for mind-body-spirit authors and experts across the world. Katie has a background in broadcast, music and entertainment and now uses her knowledge, experience, creativity and intuition to share her unique approach to social media. Her book is written for those who know the potential of social media but don’t want to lose themselves in scrolling, comparison and doing what the so-called experts tell them to do.

Check out Katie on Twitter / Instagram / Facebook

You know when you read a few pages and immediately think, yes this is the book for me! Well, I got that feeling with Social Media For A New Age. Katie straight away acknowledges those common anxieties that come with being online and vulnerable such as the fear of being judged, the fear that we are not good enough, fear of being too different, too spammy, too boring and so on. Then helps us figure out why we use social media, what our values are, and how we can show up fully with integrity and authenticity.

Katie explains that we all have two sides when it comes to social media: the soul and the ego. The social media ego wants all the likes, a big following, it wants to look important, successful and in control. The social media soul wants community, connection, engagement with like-minded people, it wants to support, share and make friends. Both sides play a part in our social media journey, and Katie helps us understand and recognize when the balance is shifting and what we can do to regain control.

Social Media For A New Age doesn’t tell you how to get the clicks, the follows and the likes, instead it encourages us to make genuine connections, build real relationships, share our passions, take breaks and be ourselves online. It gives us a fresh perspective – social media doesn’t have to be a source of self-doubt, jealously, separation and anxiety, but a place of friendship, collaborations, creativity and community. It reminds us that we are in control, it should be a safe place to create, innovate and share.

Thank you Katie for sending me this book, I found it to be a refreshing read. We often see so much online about how to grow your platform, beat that algorithm, use those hashtags, schedule those tweets and so on. Instead, this book offers a gentle, comfortable and natural approach on getting the most out of your social media to make it an enriching and enjoyable experience. I would therefore thoroughly recommend Social Media For A New Age to anyone with a Facebook, Instagram and Twitter account.

*This is a sponsored post which means I received a product/payment in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own.

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Autumn is all about those cosy homey evenings, having baths, lighting candles, drinking hot choc and giving yourself that extra bit of pamper time, right? So, when the lovely Soph from Soph Hearts got in touch and suggested we do an Autumn/Winter self-care box swap, I thought what a brilliant idea! I had recently done a fun stationery box swap with Lauren, so couldn’t wait to do it all again with another awesome blogger.

Soph shares a wonderful range of posts from beauty, fashion, lifestyle, as well as thoughtful and honest conversations about relevant topics happening in the blogging world. Soph’s recent post on Creative Licence and Responsibility is well worth a read. If you love Disney, food, travel and chatty posts, I encourage you to check out Soph Hearts and Soph’s Twitter. Also, we cannot ignore the fact that Soph’s photos are absolutely GORGEOUS so why not head over to Instagram and give her a follow there too!

For our box swap, we agreed on a budget of £20. I honestly had the best time shopping for treats for Soph, I took my sister with me and we made a proper girly day out of it. You can head over to Soph’s blog and see what I picked, but first, I’m so excited to share with you the fabulous goodies in my box…

I received such a thoughtful and cosy selection of treats including hot chocolate (yum!), Galaxy chocolate counters and shortbread biscuits (yum & yum!), pretty stationery, a Wax Lyrical Reed Diffuser (in the flavour Gingerbread House) and a cute Honey Pumpkin candle! Thank you so much Soph!

As soon as I saw the Gingerbread House Reed Diffuser, I couldn’t wait to use it. Right now, my home is smelling absolutely amazing, think: spices, cinnamon and ginger mixed with clove and biscuits. It’s like Christmas is here in October and I’m loving it! Also, how gorgeous is the bottle too? It makes me so excited for the festive season!

Autumn isn’t Autumn without a few cosy candles and this one smells so good. It’s not just honey and pumpkin, it is also a blend of cinnamon, butter, sweet vanilla nutmeg and spicy fresh ground cloves. Wow. It is the most perfect fragrance for this month and after taking the photos, I enjoyed it whilst relaxing in the bath and it filled the room with the most comforting, calming and cosy aroma.

In the box, Soph also treated me to some pretty stationery, yay! These cute little cactus themed sticky notes are going to be perfect for both blogging and studying so I don’t forget anything important. I love that you can use it as a sticky to-do list and I actually have one stuck next to me right now reminding me that I probably should be studying instead of blogging (ha ha!). Blogging is way more fun though.

The second piece of gorgeous stationery is a notes and to-do planner which I think is really cool and super handy. Every blogger knows that planners and lists are actual life-savers, I would honestly be lost if I didn’t write EVERYTHING down. Now I can keep all my lists neat and tidy and in one place, thanks to this cute little book. It even includes motivational quotes which makes it even more awesome!

I love that you have the option to make notes next to your to-do’s. I’ve never seen a book like this before and I think it is a really clever idea! I always feel that if everything is written down, I feel slightly more calm and organised even if I haven’t actually done anything remotely productive yet.

Soph very kindly included Galaxy chocolate counters. I haven’t opened them yet as I know as soon as I do, they will all disappear (why is chocolate so addictive!) so I’m saving these for a cosy film night.

I have already enjoyed a mug (or three) of hot choc complete with all the cream and marshmallows in my Katie Abey Mug Of Motivation along with some delicious buttery shortbread and wow, what a treat!

Thank you so much Soph! This is such a fantastic selection of goodies and I love all the choices. Everything is so thoughtful and perfect for those cosy pamper evenings. I know I am going to have the nicest smelling home this Autumn, whilst being super organised and enjoying all the tasty treats.

Don’t forget to pop over to Soph’s blog to see what self-care items I included in her box too! I’m off to make myself another mug of hot chocolate now…

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