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    National Stationery Week 2017

    National Stationery Week 2017

    I can’t believe that there’s an actual National Stationery Week in the UK! Sounds like my Mecca.

    If you don’t know me, or if I’ve not said it before, I’m a bit of a stationery addict. The only reason I don’t spend all my money on pen and paper is because I have actual bills to pay now – mortgage, food etc. you know, the important stuff.

    But back in the days of being a geeky teenager I had the perfect excuse to spend all my Dad’s money on pens. My favourite were gel pens especially if they were scented!

    National Stationery Week 2017

    So what can we expect from National Stationery Week 2017? It’s seven days of  stationery madness (as detailed below)!

    National Stationery Week 2017

    • Monday 24th April: #PenandPencilDay
    • Tuesday 25th April: #Get Crafty
    • Wednesday 26th April: World Stationery Day
    • Thursday 27th April: Thank You Thursday
    • Friday 28th April: Fountain Pen Friday
    • Saturday 29th April: Signature Saturday
    • Sunday 30th April: Write A Letter Day

    How Can You Get Involved?

    You can be involved with National Stationery Week 2017 in numerous ways. Share your love for stationery on social media by checking out the National Stationery Week Facebook page. (Go check out the official website for more details). Get involved on Twitter using any of the hashtags below:

    #natstatweek #writingmatters #writeit #getbritainwriting  #keepwriting #keepkidswriting  #lovestationery #stationeryaddict

    There are some great brands involved this year including two main sponsors – Sheaffer and NU:. Also partnering with National Stationery Week 2017 are Manuscript, Write Size, Helix, Maped, Edding, Mustard, Stabilo and VOW. Visit the website for a full list of retailers involved.

     

    Stationery Crawl

    If you’re in London then why not do the Stationery Crawl? It’s like a pub crawl but instead of alcohol intake it’ll be stationery! The Stationery Crawl will see you through London’s West End stationery shops… all the way from Goodge Street right through to Knightsbridge. If I was anywhere near London then I would be doing this! This is my sort of crawl! Mind you, the plastic fantastic (credit card) would get some use!

    Are you stationery addict? What’s your go to pen and pencil?

    Rebecca

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    Inspirational Lyrics by Meatloaf

    Inspirational Lyrics by Meatloaf

    I love a spot of Meatloaf. Not the yummy tasty kind but the hard rock kind. Some of my favourite ever song lyrics are Meatloaf lyrics. So today I give you some inspirational lyrics by Meatloaf.

    Bat Out Of Hell 2 – Back Into Hell Album

    I think I was introduced to his Bat Out Of Hell 2 album by an old family friend. Now that I think of it, I was given a copy of the album years back and I still listen to it. I was once old that this is considered heavy rock which to me is surprising because I never thought of myself as a rock person. Nice to know I could be “in” with the rock scene though!

    Out Of The Frying Pan (And Into The Fire)

     

    You were only killing time and it will kill you right back, so come on come on, its time to burn up the fuse, you’ve got nothing to do and even less to lose

    Meatloaf – Out of the Frying Pan (And Into The Fire)

    Honestly, this is one of my favourite lines from a song ever! I’ve probably mentioned this song before, it’s certainly on my “wake up it’s a new day” playlist!

    In fact I loved this lyric so much that it did end up in my old Bullet Journal. I hadn’t long started with the journal at the time so the lettering wasn’t the best!

    To be fair, I love the whole “Back Into Hell” album and another favourite inspirational quotes comes from “Everything Louder Than Everything Else”

    And I ain’t in it for the power,
    and I ain’t in it for my health
    I ain’t in it for the glory of anything at all,
    and I sure ain’t in it for the wealth

    But I’m in it ’till it’s over and I just can’t stop
    If you wanna get it done, you gotta do it yourself,

    Meatloaf – Everything Louder Than Everything Else

    Both these songs are on my Monday morning playlist (when I’m not listening to Spence and Rach on Heart that is!). If I need something to wake me up and give me a kick in the butt type of boost then I stick this album on, crank up the volume and sing along as loudly as I can! Try it, can’t be beaten!

    Are there any song lyrics that inspire you?

    Rebecca

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    Rigio, Pwllheli 

    Rigio Pwllheli

    Pwllheli, a town on the Llŷn Peninsula, is busy becoming the place to be for shopping. And on April 8th a new shop opened in town – Rigio – a stylish new clothes shop.

    Rigio

    Rigio Pwllheli

    The name comes from a Welsh term for “getting dolled up/dressed up”. It’s not a term everyone knows but I’ve heard my Nain use it. A lot of work has been done on the shop and its been beautifully decorated with some great items. There’s a display stand made from an old Singer sewing machine table.

    Clothes

    Rigio Pwllheli

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    The shop sells women’s clothing, handbags, scarves and jewellery. I would class the clothes as smart casual and very stylish. I would describe them as being soft and loose fit. To be honest, I’m no fashion expert but I like what I see.

    Rigio, Pwllheli

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    There are some lovely handbags for sale as well. I do love the black one with silver handles above. I may need to invest in a new handbag soon!

    Jewellery

    Rigio Pwllheli

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    The jewellery on sale is a mix of silver (my favourite!) and handmade quirky items made by the owners’ daughter. They are wonderful pieces and I will admit that I am very tempted by the heart necklace shown above. Also on display on this cool wooden hand are chunky rings made from spoons.

    Rigio Pwllheli

    (click on the photo to see in more detail)

    As yet the shop isn’t online but I’m working on the owners to get onto social media! But you can find the shop at 5 Gaol Street, Pwllheli. Well worth a visit.

    What do you think? Nice yeah?

    Rebecca

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    Picnic at Beaumaris Castle

    Picnic at Beaumaris Castle

    It was a beautiful day on Saturday so we decided to go to Beaumaris Castle – make the most of the weather and of our Cadw membership. I had never been to Beaumaris Castle before. Well not inside at least – I’ve been outside plenty of times.

    Picnic by the Walls

    Picnic at Beaumaris Castle

    We took a picnic with us and after crossing the moat we settled in between the outer and inner walls to eat.

    There was a couple of stalls and people dressed in period costumes on the lawn. There was also people getting involved with some archery.

    Picnic at Beaumaris Castle

    Also on the lawn was some soft play castle pieces that you were supposed to put together to build a castle. Needless to say they were not used for that purpose. Nope they were used as climbing frame and obstacle course!

    What a View!

    Picnic at Beaumaris Castle

    For some daft reason we climbed to the top of the castle walls. The view from there is quite spectacular to say the least. But I was too preoccupied ensuring my girls didn’t try to climb over the barriers and fall off to fully appreciate it!

    In one of the turrets there’s some games where you can try to build an archway, a spiral staircase and spiral scaffolding. It also gave the history of why the spiral staircase always winds clockwise.

    Picnic at Beaumaris Castle

    Finest Castle Never Built

    In another turret is a film about the castles history. It’s the finest castle that was ever not built. Briefly, Edward commissioned the castle to be built but when costs sky rocketed, he had turned his attention to conquering Scotland and all monies were diverted. The castle was taken by Owain Glyndwr during the Welsh rebellion.

    The castle fell into ruin during the 1600s. The Bulkeley family had a long history with the castle. In 1920s the family gave up stewardship of the castle and the restoration works were started. The castle was awarded UNESCO heritage status in 1986.

    Today the castle is managed by Cadw. It’s one of a number of castles managed by them here in Wales.

    Cadw: website /Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Pinterest

    Have you ever been to Beaumaris Castle?

    Rebecca

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    Body Positivity

    Body Positivity

    I’m going to admit it to you now, I struggle with body positivity. I always have done in some extent. As a teenager I was thin and hadn’t understood that you were meant to shave under your armpits. I remember being teased about that. What can I say, I wasn’t a fashionable teenager and I think possibly I’ve carried the name calling with me all these years.

    The “In Between Sizes” Problem

    Anyway, I didn’t intend on bringing up old incidents. Instead I wanted to share how I feel nowadays. On Saturday the 8th April I found myself in Nottingham without much to do. I needed a new coat so went to Outfit. The first thing I noticed whilst there is that I couldn’t find much size 14 clothes. I’m currently between size 14 and 16 but I couldn’t find much of either size to be honest. I never considered size 14 and 16 to be plus sizes but maybe they are now?

    After having a look around Outfit and deciding against buying the new coat. It was a size 14 and it was snug so I gave it a miss. Next stop was Next (see what I did there). I looked at the professional wear range and decided to try on a trouser suit. It was a lovely style. It did fit me but I just felt frumpy. The stretch marks on my belly didn’t bother me but the flabbiness of my belly bothered me.

    Not Happy

    All the clothes stayed in Next – what was the point in me spending a fortune on clothes I’m either not going to wear or feel uncomfortable in? I feel like I’m letting down all the body positivity coaches if I say that I’m not happy with my own skin at the moment. Feeling like a frump and losing your hair will do that to a girl.

    I Like Food!

    A change is needed to get out of this rut. The rollerblading is partly to do with this – try and get me a bit more active. Trouble is I enjoy food and starving me won’t work out well for anyone. I’ll be hangry!! And that won’t be any good for anyone! Also, there’ll be an abundance of chocolate in this house this weekend. Seriously, how many Easter eggs do these girls need?

    So what is the answer? Do I accept my body as it is or do I change? 

    Rebecca

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    April Bucket List

    April Bucket List

    Another month which means it’s time for another Bucket List! I’ll tell you now, March was a FAIL!! I had a lot of things going on at work (being made partner!) which meant that the blog fell by the wayside. Not only that my bucket list was also kicked to the side a bit. But let’s take a list what’s on my April bucket list!

    March Completed Items

    – Start rollerblading
    – Sort out the girls’ old clothes
    – Continue rollerblading
    – Sort out the categories of this blog

    April Bucket List

    – Take dogs for a walk at least twice a week
    – Sort out the cutlery drawer
    – Actually buy and put up a mirror above the fireplace
    – Clear out all the shoes and coats from the red room *
    – Sort out the rubbish on the DVD cabinets
    – Tidy up the cables around the computer
    – Sort out my clothes – I’m going to be ruthless and apply my friend’s method of sorting clothes. If not worn in the last two years then it’s being thrown out!
    – Get back into a blogging schedule – I’ll admit it, it’s been a bit lax recently hasn’t it?
    – Start tidying the garden ready for Summer!

    * I had no idea that this was funny until Rachel said it made her giggle! I can promise you that our red room is nothing like the 50 Shades version!

    You may have noticed that I’ve dropped the “reading a book” task. Inevitably one hobby has to be dropped and unfortunately that’s the one. If I traveled on the bus or train to work then it’d be easy. Travelling by car means I’m wasting around 1.5 hours a day.

    What have you got on your April bucket list?

    Rebecca

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    #LivBloggersIgnite

    #LivBloggersIgnite at Roja Pinchos

    There aren’t many blogging events in North Wales so Liverpool and Manchester is the closest. When Ruth mentioned it on Twitter that she was organising an event in Liverpool I jumped at the chance! So last weekend I went to Liverpool to a blogging event – #LivBloggersIgnite.

    Roja Pinchos

    #LivBloggersIgnite at Roja Pinchos

    It was at a lovely little tapas Bar called Roja Pinchos which is owned by Edward Riddling (who was speaking at the vent as well). Unfortunately I didn’t bring much cash with me to really indulge in the amazing tapas that was on offer. I went for some garlic mushrooms as I didn’t want to eat too much either (celebration Chinese was on offer that evening). Cheryl ended up sharing some Patatas Bravas (spicy potato thing) with me (thank you so much!) and it was yummy! I think I need to try more tapas!

    Speakers

    At the event there were four speakers

    Edward Ridding

    As mentioned, he’s the owner of Roja Pinchos and he’s also a website/SEO guru. A very informative session about blogging with WordPress. Lots of top tips about which apps to use, wether Yoast is a valuable tool or not…

    Jurga Skeiryte

    Started Inspo Magazine and explained how her print mag is now becoming a digital magazine. She explained the importance of being able to adapt to industry trends

    #LivBloggersIgnite at Roja Pinchos

    Jayne Croft

    Jayne is a corporate lawyer at Brabners Solicitors and spoke about the importance of networking. This was perfect timing for me as I’ve just been made partner in the firm I work and just booked myself onto my first networking event. I’m nervous about attending but after listening to Jayne I’ve decided that I’m going to go for it. What have I got to lose right?

    (I spoke to Jayne after as well and found out that she used to come down our end with a caravan/chalet. Seriously, can’t go anywhere! What’s the saying, you’re only 7 people away from Kevin Bacon?)

    Jenny Mugridge

    First thing – she has AMAZING TURQUOISE HAIR! And I’m well jealous! She is a fellow blogger and part of Liverpool Girl Geeks. She gave us tips about working with brands and setting barriers, being clear of what you can/will do and can’t/won’t do.

    All in all it was a good day! Some very informative sessions! The WordPress one was ace I will admit!

    #LivBloggersIgnite at Roja Pinchos

    Ruth has mentioned that this was such a success that she might organise another event for the summer. I hope so! I want to go to more events this year if possible.

    What blogging events have you been to recently? Have you got any events coming up?

    Rebecca

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    Peppa Pig at Llangollen Railway

    Peppa Pig at Llangollen Railway

    Last Saturday Peppa Pig was in attendance at Llangollen Railway. It turned out to be a really lovely sunny day so picnic was made bought and off we went. After getting the final parking space at the Church we headed over for Peppa Pig at Llangollen Railway!

    Picnic Lunch

    Peppa Pig was making an appearance in the reception room at 1pm ish and so we went to the platform to have our picnic lunch. We got to watch the steam train come back in from a trip to Corwen Station. I’ll admit it – it’s an impressive machine! I love steam trains!

    Peppa Pig

    Peppa Pig at Llangollen Railway

    After our picnic lunch we went to see Peppa. We had to queue to see her but it was worth it! Personally I don’t care much for the bratty pig but my girls love her! Especially my littlest. They LOVED seeing her! I wish I could share a photo of their faces but alas I can’t.

    Steam Train Ride

    Peppa Pig at Llangollen Railway

    Once Peppa was over we decided to go on the train to Corwen. I really wanted to go on the steam train but unfortunately the steamie was the later train and would’ve meant we were back too late. From Llangollen we were headed to Bala to have a chippy supper with my friend.

    Peppa Pig at Llangollen Railway

    So instead we went on the railcar. At Carrog Station there was a mini fairground and a mini train ride. However I had never been to the end of the line (Corwen) before so we decided to carry on. Also littlest was asleep as we got to Carrog. It was a brilliant trip! Always loved train rides.

    Llangollen Railway Station

    Peppa Pig at Llangollen Railway

    Back at Llangollen Station there was face painting and glitter tattoos. Unfortunately it was only suitable for over 2s so littlest wasn’t allowed any. My eldest loved it though! Face painting, trains, Peppa… what more could a girl want!

    It was such a great family day out! It was £44 for the four of us.

    Llangollen Railway: website / Facebook / Twitter

    Have you ever been to Llangollen Railway? Have you ever met Peppa Pig?

    Rebecca

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    Liked and Loved – March 2017

    Liked and Loved March 2017

    Whenever I see Stevie’s Liked and Loved linky pop up in my e-mails I’m reminded that it’s the end of yet another month! Seriously, where does the time go to? So what was Liked and Loved during March?

    Rollerblading

    Rollerblades

    I finally got those rollerblades on and went rollerblading! I went to Llandudno prom to give it a go. Then on Mother’s Day we went on Lon Eifion to do some more rollerblading.

    Mother’s Day

    It was Mother’s Day here in the UK last Sunday. So as I mentioned above we went rollerblading on Lon Eifion before going out for a meal to The Bull in Pentraeth.

    Peppa Pig at Llangollen Railway

    Llangollen Railway is a quickly becoming a firm family favourite! We’ve been to see Thomas there (twice!) and last Saturday Peppa Pig was making an appearance. It was such a lovely day!

    Cinema Date Nights

    Lucky enough to have not one, but TWO date nights this month! One was to see Logan and the other was to see Kong: Skull Island. Both enjoyable films and what can I say? I cried in Logan. No more Wolverine reprisals for Hugh Jackman.

    Dragon

    Dwynwen Dragon at Caernarfon Castle

    There’s another new dragon on the scene (Dwynwen) and she took up residence at Caernarfon Castle during March. She has since been reunited with her love at Caerphilly Castle.

     

    How was March for you?

    A Cornish Mum
    Rebecca

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    HomeStyling – Home Office Space

    Home Office Space Ideas

    Our little house is a tip. I have paper and pens all over the place. So I have decided that I want a proper home office space in this house. At the moment I can’t quite decide on where. I need space to keep the computer, I need a desk to work from and I need space to keep all my stationery supplies.

    Home Office Space

    Now that I’ve identified what I need, I’m trying to decide where to convert into an office. We have a “spare” room downstairs but we’ve decided to keep that as maybe a playroom for the girls. Upstairs we have a spare bedroom and we have MissMostyn’s nursery. We’re thinking of swapping them around. But I feel bad because the spare bedroom is smaller than her room but it’s closer to ours and will be warmer in winter. Then her current room will be turned into a spare bedroom slash home office space.

    Beautiful Designs of Others

    So what better way to “plan” this change than by browsing Pinterest and Instagram and lusting after other people’s home office space! Assuming that we convert the nursery into the home office space then we will have eaves to contend with. So I’m loving all the space saving ideas that I’ve come across. This next pin is like a dream….

    I’m also browsing ideas for a “nook” office space in case we decide to convert the current spare bedroom into an office room. We have an inset or built in wardrobe in that room which could easily be converted into a nook. It would leave the rest of the room free for doing the ironing (husband NOT me!!).

    Argh I don’t know what to do! And using the husband doesn’t help much! Trouble is I need to try and get this done sooner rather than later so I can try to reign in the chaos. It’d be great to be able to do work from home but at the moment it just isn’t possible as I don’t have the dedicated space for it.

    So what do you suggest? Evict baby girl and convert current nursery into a home office space / spare bedroom? Or get rid of a spare bedroom and convert that into a home office space instead?

    Rebecca

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