The ‘M’ In March Means Mental Health | Announcement!

This post is one going to be a short one, but I’d like to announce the 30 Day ‘Challenge’ I am hosting with Jules (@casualandupclose). Jules created a wonderful idea wherein you complete one challenge every day to improve your mental health. They are simple things like ‘smile at a stranger on the street’ but hopefully they’ll make a big difference to your day.

With mental health in mind, we are not forcing this upon you. I just thought it would be nice or you to complete a few of the things. Maybe take a screenshot so that’s it a little reminder in your photo album! The whole aim of the series Mental Health March is to take away all the challenges and stress thrust upon us in modern day life. 

If you don’t know what Mental Health March is, I’ll explain a little further:

The ‘M’ in March Means Mental Health. This month I am sharing with you a series of mental health related posts. There is such a stigma attached to mental health and we all need to realise how disrespectful it is to overlook this issue. In the UK, about 30% of young people have mental health problems. That is a huge number – approximately 1 in 3 people! So, for those of you suffering, I hope these posts gives you some help. And for the other 70%, I hope these posts remind you to be more aware of your own mental health. Caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. So please tag along in this journey as we all share our thoughts together. An overwhelming number of people wanted to help in this cause so I’ll also share their perspectives on mental health too!

How are you really feeling today? What’s on your mind?

erin x

Please check out Jules’ blog. She has done an amazing job at helping me think up these ideas and also created the calendar for Mental Health March! I would also recommend you look at her beautiful feed on Instagram.

See daily updates on this challenge via my Instagram page.

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Bullet Journal Non-Essentials (But Make Your Spreads More Creative)

The basics of bullet journaling are a pen and paper. It took me a year to figure out what works for me and once I had that sorted I went looking for extras that I could add to my spreads. Today’s post is a list of stationary that can help you achieve more visually pleasing pages. Things like fake calligraphy and fancy titles are very popular on Pinterest. But which pens to use? Hopefully this post will help you in that situation!

  • Stabilo Boss Highlighters

Lots of my friends have these highlighters and I was eyeing them up for a few months before I got myself a pack! They are really high quality and last a long time. Though they can be expensive it’s definitely worth the investment. I got mine in a Black Friday sale for only £4.00

  • Tombow Dual Brush Pens

If you keep up with the bullet journal icons (like AmandaRachLee) you will be aware of these expensive and pretty pens. They were a Christmas present (I don’t think I would’ve got them otherwise). I had been practising my hand-lettering with cheaper pens but as soon as I got these my calligraphy game improved my miles! I love how smooth they glide over standard paper and they don’t ghost/bleed at all.

  • Ruler

You can certainly free-hand bullet journal but I like a ruler. My favourite is the Helix foldable one because you can fit in a small pencil case but also fold it out when you need a larger length!

  • Faber Castell Pitt Artist Fineliners

If you aren’t willing to buy the 8 pack then XS would be my recommendation. However, the other ones come in handy when you want thicker lines or when practising fake calligraphy. I received a my pack for Christmas 2 years ago and they are still standing! I did get a replacement this year though because the brush nibs were slightly skewed. The other ones were fine though!

  • HP Sprocket/polaroids

I love using polaroids in journal spreads, especially travel diaries. You can get all sorts of polaroid printers but I have the HP Sprocket. They are very expensive and non-essential but if you are looking for something to put on a birthday/Christmas list this is definitely the one.

  • Pressed Flowers

Pressed flowers add a rustic feel to spreads – there’s something about floral designs that feel vintage. I have a flower press and sometimes go and collect flowers from around the garden. If you are looking for a more instant process, however, there are pre-pressed flowers on Etsy that aren’t too expensive.

Do you have a bullet journal? What are your go-to pens or highlighters?

I would love know in the comments below, or you can send my photos of your beautiful spreads on Instagram!

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The Commercialisation Of Christmas

Christmas is all about money these days. Before we begin I’d like to mention that I’m not a Christian – more of an atheist – though I still think that it is important to remember the reason for the season. Most of you will have done the Nativity plays when you were in primary school. It’s really important to educate people, especially young children, as to why some nations celebrate this occasion. Supposedly, this time 2019 years ago, Jesus was born. You might not believe in Him as a miracle maker (neither do I). What you must understand, however, is that He is a symbol for hope. That is why Christian nations believe Christmas a time of community. It’s not about celebrating the birth of a baby, but to celebrate the birth of hope. Everybody should be welcome at Christmas. That’s why schools support charities such as Save The Children, because some kids won’t be getting presents this year, or a warm fire to sit by. I can’t bear seeing the commercialisation of a season that is meant to be interpreted as a time where money shouldn’t matter – and everyone is equal.

Don’t get me wrong, I love making Christmas content for you. I’d just like everyone to take a step back and remember why we celebrate this occasion in the first place 🙂

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Another 10 Songs For Your Christmas Playlist | Ft. Yoga Girl

Another ten songs for your Christmas playlist, brought to you by the lovely Yoga Girl! Yoga Girl and I know each other outside of blogging so it’s been fun to work with someone in person instead of over email. She plays a few instruments, including her beautiful voice, so you can trust that this playlist has been put together with musical expertise 🙂 After reading this post it would be great if you could check out her blog which is centred around her hobbies of yoga, books and poetry. If you would like to listen to this playlist I have made a Spotify playlist for you: https://open.spotify.com/
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It’s nearly Christmas so I thought it just about time to get those Christmas tunes on. I am Christmas lover and if you are too then I hope that this post will get you in the Christmassy mood 🎅

1) It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Michael Bublé

What’s Christmas without a bit of Michael Bublé?

2) Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid

This is one of the few songs I know in BSL (British Sign Language)

3) Silent Night – Celtic Women

This song really reminds me of going to church and church is a huge part of Christmas for me!

4) Rocking Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

This song could get me in the Christmas mood at any time in the year.

5) I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas – Frank Sinatra

Such a classic Christmas number. This old style really brings me back in time.

6) Jingle Bells – Bing Crosby

7) Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande

Not usually one for modern songs but this one is fun and makes me smile.

8) Let It Snow – Dean Martin

I wish it would snow in England 😂

9) 12 Days Of Christmas – Straight No Chaser

Love this song to bits and miming it can be a great laugh!😂

10) Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

All I can say is – Mean Girls!
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Thank you so much for reading today’s post. It’s such a shame that there’s only three weeks leading up to Christmas because I have so many content ideas for you!

Do you have a Christmas playlist? Are any of these songs on there?

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Six Word Story

Her words could not be understood.

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