The Paper Club | Terrazzo | Unboxing | February Monthly Subscription Box

Hi everyone

Happy new year 2022! It’s been ages since I have last written in this blog but now I am back! Hope you all had a great start to the year. And happy lunar new year too if you celebrate it!

It’s the year of the Tiger! I am a rabbit. What’s your Chinese animal?

Today I am doing an unboxing post because I just received my monthly subscription box to the Paper Club for February. The theme for this month is Terrazzo. It’s a pattern used for flooring and walls but it’s very colourful like a celebration.

The box includes:

  • 1 x Notepad
  • 2 x highlighters
  • 2 x greeting cards
  • 1 x eraser
  • 1 x pencil sticky notes/page markers
  • 2 x pencils
  • 1 x wooden sharpener
The Notepad
Highlighters, eraser, wooden sharpener, pencils, and sticky notes/page markers
Greeting cards

I love the theme of this month. It’s very colourful and it looks like it’s made from watercolour with different mixed media. The brochure explains what the notepad can be used for. It can be used for a to-do list or a checklist, for writing messages or letters to someone, for a shopping list, for tracking habits, making goals, for practising lettering, etc.

Each box supports OzHarvest so it’s for a worthy cause and it’s made by an Australian company. If you like stationery then this is the box for you! Items in the box are valued at over $50 and I will definitely use all of the items that are in this months box so it is worth the money.

My favourite item in this months box are the highlighters as they look like good quality highlighters and I have never seen those pastel colours before in highlighters so I am excited to use them. Who else uses highlighters for highlighting notes?

Rating: 9 out of 10 stars. What are your thoughts on this box? Let me know what your favourite item is from this box.

Thanks for reading!

Love Nat xx

13 New Year’s Resolutions for 2022 | A New Beginning

Hi everyone

I am so sorry I haven’t been writing regularly but I just haven’t felt inspired too. But as the end of the year approaches, I thought it would be a great time to write my New Years Resolutions for 2022. I can’t believe it will be 2022 next year! I hope it will be a better year than this year. This year was kind of crap, to be honest. How was 2021 for you?

Here are my top 13 new years resolutons for 2022:

1. Save more money

This year I spent way too much more than half my income and that is bad. I started running an Adelaide Foodies Meetup group on Facebook and that is where I spend most of my money. I need to not go out as much next year and cut down on eating out. Or spend less on me like on retail therapy and just eat out more. I have been reading the Barefoot Investors book, which has been useful but it also doesn’t suit my lifestyle but it does give some useful tips on how to save money and so I need to be more disciplined when it comes to budgeting next year.

2. Finish my nursing studies

I was meant to finish my Diploma of Nursing this year but because I have been sick and had a mental breakdown I decided to delay my 6-week hospital placement to next year in February. I have also been procrastinating doing my written assignments that I still need to do for two more subjects. I was meant to redo them this year but I have this anxiety about it and I tend to avoid doing my assignments. But next year I definitely need to finish my nursing course. I will reward myself for finishing it like going on a holiday interstate or overseas when it is safe. i need to reward myself, which is sad but it is the only way that will get me to finish it as I have a love/hate relationship with my nursing course.

3. Spend more time with my sister and nieces

So, my sister and I never got along growing up as my sister can be a bit critical and bossy. We always fought and I would cry as I am sensitive. But because she got kids now she has become more understanding and we have started to talk a bit more but we still don’t talk as much only when we have weekly family dinners. Next year, I would like to spend more time with my sister and my two nieces either inviting them over to my house more as they have hardly been to my house this year. I felt bad for not being able to organise anything but I guess it’s also really hard with the children. I also want to be able to have my sister trust me in childminding so I am able to spend more time with my nieces.

4. Learn something new

This year, I did not learn anything new. I started to paint a bit more but that is about it and so I really want to start a new hobby or join a club. It’s good for the mind and soul so I think 2022 should be about getting out of your comfort zone.

5. Update my blog regularly

I probably say this every year but I want to update my blog regularly like have certain days a week where I will write in my blog. Just to gain more interest and it is something I like to do too. This year, I hardly wrote in my blog so I felt a bit bad as I didn’t have motivation due to my mental health not being good and also lots of things going on in my life. Next year, I hope to write more food content and also lifestyle posts.

6. Be more positive

I say this to myself every day so it is kind of like a daily goal but I definitely want to be more positive next year as this year my mental health sucked to be honest. But I got help from doctors, a specialist and a psychologist so it has definitely made me a better person and I have worked hard this year to improve my mental health and my lifestyle but next year I just want to be more positive and have less mental breakdowns.

7. Drink more water

I don’t drink enough water as I should so I want to make it my goal to drink 2L of water a day. I think I only drink 30 ml of water a day but I have cups of teas and other types of drinks in between so that could be included in my fluid intake but water is the best for you as it keeps you hydrated so I want to drink 2L of water every day.

8. Be more confident talking to guys

Growing up, I was never confident in talking to guys as I went to an all-girls school and I only had my sister. I also had only girlfriends no guy friends so I didn’t really have a boyfriend until I was in my 20s, which is so late to have one. I wish I had more experience with guys but I would always be teased by the boys in my primary school and so that left me a bit reserved around them. So next year I want to be more confident talking to guys. I think I have been this year as I have made some guy friends this year but I want to make more guy friends and be more confident.

9. Go to Sydney

I really want to go to Sydney as it’s been ages since I have been to Sydney and Sydney should be safe compared to Melbourne so I want to go to Sydney first as I am fully vaccinated and will be getting my booster soon so I will be safe to travel. That could be my reward for finishing my nursing is to go to Sydney with maybe my foodie friends as there is a lot of restaurants/cafes I want to try in Sydney.

10. Wake up at 5:30 am every day

This year, I have been running late for work most days because I either get up an hour before I have to get to work and usually I need two or three hours to get moving so I want to try to wake up at 5:00 am or 5:30 am every day so I have more time to do stuff in the morning like meditation, journaling, and exercise. I can allow myself to sleep on the weekends but during the week I want to wake up at 5:00 am or 5:30 am. I think if I wake up at 5:00 am or 5:30 am every day then I will get used to it and I won’t get tired as much during the day. I also need to sleep earlier to be able to get the right amount of sleep.

11. Be punctual

I want to start being more punctual as I have been running late most days to social events and so I hate the feeling of being late so I want to try to be punctual to events and to work as well.

12. Go for 10-15 minute walks every day

I wanted to do this goal this year but I never got around to doing it as I felt like I walked too much at work then when I got home I would be too tired to do anything. But I am going to try to motivate myself to walk 10-15 minutes every day excluding walking at work as I just went for a 10-minute walk just now around the block and I felt good about doing it. I now have more energy and I would probably sleep better too if I went for a walk at 7:00 PM or 7:30 PM each night before it gets dark.

13. Read 10 minutes a day

I want to start reading more by just starting off with 10 minutes a day. I started doing this goal this year but I never stuck to it and so I want to do it regularly and to read more variety of books. I borrowed some fictional books from the library so I want to start reading those.

Well, that’s all that I can think of at the moment and that’s enough goals to start off with for 2022 otherwise it can be a bit overwhelming. What are your new year’s resolutions for 2022? And do you stick to them? I tend to not stick to new years resolutions but I do want to try next year. May 2022 be a better year for us all!

Love Nat xo

Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod Film Event and Starting the Miracle Morning Challenge | How it Changed My Life

Hi all

I haven’t written anything since last November but I want to change that. I want to start writing in my blog again. I feel inspired. Thanks for still viewing my blog. I really appreciate the support.

On Tuesday night, I went to this film event called Miracle Morning that was run by my friend Melissa Bee. Melissa is very inspiring as she runs events that inspires and empowers people that is to do with spiritual, emotional and physical wellbeing. She has hosted many events such as An Evening with Osher Gunsberg, Pete Evans, and then she hosted an event that was to do with the physical and emotional wellbeing. We did yoga, vision boards, and journalling. It was fun and that’s how I have came to know Melissa through these events. .

The film event was held at the Norwood Green, which is literally a shed but it has a very nice display centre at the front entrance so it has a nice ambience as you walk in. There was lovely stalls that was good for the soul such as pizza, pre-packaged protein foods, raw cakes and protein balls. It was all the healthy stuff. I didn’t buy any food as I ate dinner beforehand but the pizza did look good!

It was a sold out event so it was good to come early to get a good seat. We arrived at around 6:30 PM doors had opened at 6:00 PM and got ourselves a nice glass of wine. We then looked at the other stalls. You could get a massage there as well as nice smelling essential oils that you could purchase and also crystals and sage sticks that my friend ended up getting. You could also buy the Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod, which I bought after seeing this inspiring film. There was six speakers that did a q & a panel before the film where they talked about what they do in the morning and how it benefits them.

If you haven’t seen this documentary yet then you should! It will change your life forever. It made me laugh, smile, and cry. It talks about the benefits of waking up early in the morning and also gives you 6 habits to do that will change your life. These habits are silence, affirmation, visualisation, exercise, reading and scribing or the acronym SAVERS. I started the Miracle Morning challenge a couple of days ago and I already feel more rejuvenated.

At first, it made me tired throughout the day as I had done so much in the morning and my body was just not use to it so I had a nap for two hours. The next day, I am feeling more energised and more inspired to be more productive. I started the Miracle Morning challenge on my days off so there was no pressure to wake up really early like at 5:00 AM. I slowly eased myself into it and I think that’s a good way to start otherwise it will be overwhelming. You shouldn’t put pressure on yourself to do all 6 habits or to get it done by 8:00 AM like the book says. My goal was to do all 6 habits but to get it done by 9:00 AM or by even 9:30 AM (if you have the time) and I had achieved that. It felt good. I now schedule it into my planner so I know when I should wake up to do the Miracle Morning challenge so I have enough time to eat my breakfast, and get ready for work without rushing.

Silence is meditation where I listen to the Calm app and do the daily meditation for 10 minutes. It also gives advice and makes you feel inspired and calm at the start of the day. Like today, for instance, it talked about listening and how to do deal with negative people. It took time to get use to it and to focus your energy on breathing. Next is Affirmation. I have done affirmations before but I never really knew how to do it properly until one of the speakers at the film event talked about affirmation and he said that it needs to be done with conviction.

The affirmation that I wrote this morning was ‘ I may not be the smartest, richest, or married with children but I am kind, caring, helpful, generous and considerate of others, which is most important. I am good enough. I deserve to be happy’. If you repeat that a few times or put it into song you will be convinced that it is true and it does work! My former psychologist even told me to record it and you can replay it when you are feeling down or even when you are feeling inspired.

Visualisation is thinking about the future or writing down your goals. Some people create vision boards but I just write a list of goals down for the day to keep it simple. Next is the important habit – exercise! I hardly felt motivated to do exercise before but now I am excited to do exercise. I only do about 10 – 20 minutes of exercise but I think that’s enough to start off with and can slowly increase just don’t put pressure on yourself at the start. Today, I did 10 minutes of yoga, 10 minutes of gym ball and also did 1 minute of weights. It was enough for me. I like to record the things that I have done in my journal but I will talk about that later in scribing.

After exercise, I set the timer for 10 minutes and did reading. It can’t be any book it has to be a self help book such as the Miracle Morning book by Hal Elrod as this is about personal development and trying to improve yourself. I have also been reading this book called Good Vibes, Good life by Vex King, which is another inspiring book that I use to do read whilst sitting on the toilet now I incorporate it into this Miracle Morning routine.

My favourite habit is scribing or journalling. I love journalling as it makes you feel better and you get things off your chest. I set the timer for 15 minutes and just write what’s on my mind without overthinking it. It’s called stream of consciousness and it’s good for reducing anxiety and stress. If you keep to the Miracle Morning routine, it will eventually reduce depression, anxiety and stress and make you a happier person.

So I hope this blog posts inspires some of you and makes you want to do the Miracle Morning challenge too. Highly recommend to look up Hal Elrod and to buy the book Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits that Will Transform Your Life Before 8 AM. You won’t regret it!

Happy reading!

Love Nat xo


Location: 132 Prospect Road, Prospect
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 8 am – 3 pm
Phone: 0435 130 689

There’s a new Japanese fusion restaurant in town called Koyo in Prospect, Adelaide.. I wanted to try this cafe because lots of foodies were talking about it on social media but I must say it was a bit of a disappointment.

We had the dry ramen, katsu burger, wagyu burger, okonomiyaki and riccotta hotcakes. The menu was more modern Japanese fusion rather than traditional Japanese.

+ Dry ramen (9/10). This was by far my favourite dish of the day from Koyo. Loved the black tare sauce that was poured over the top of the ramen. It was so delicious and the ramen was well cooked. I hadn’t had dry ramen before so it was a bit unusual but it was so good. The pork was so tender and just melts in your mouth. Enjoyed the traditional soft boiled egg. Yummy! Definitely recommend this dish.

Katsu burger

+ Katsu burger (8/10) was very nice. The chicken was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Loved the seasoning on it with cheese and the special sauce. It was so good. The chips were nice, thick and crunchy.


+ Okonomiyaki (4/10) was overcooked so it was burnt and hard to cut. It was also hard to eat so not very nice. It’s suppose to be fluffy on the inside but it wasn’t so I was really disappointed with this dish.

Riccotta hotcakes

+ Riccotta hotcakes (6/10) was not the best riccotta hotcakes as it was too heavy and dense on the inside. The texture was more like a cake and it was a bit grainy. It would have been better with ice cream as it was a bit dry. On the plus side it was nice with the fresh fruit and honeycomb.

+ Wagyu burger (2/10) was so bad. I didn’t take a photo of it because we didn’t like it. We complained about it as when we tasted it the beef was soft, mushy and the pickles were very overpowering. We didn’t know what smelt off but it did and so we complained.

Favourite dish: dry ramen (9/10)
Worse dish: wagyu beef burger (2/10).

Restaurant rating: 6 out of 10. Modern Japanese fusion eatery that is nice for its looks but the flavour and texture of the food needs improving. Hopefully they will try to improve as we do love the concept. It’s the type of cafe that has spent more money on the interior to try to attract customers rather than concentrating on the food.

My Cozy Nook Edit | Kmart Slimline Trolley | Decorating, Organising, & Decluttering

Hi everyone

So I have been really loving decorating, organising and decluttering my house so I thought I will post more of how I have been decorating and organising my house. I live in a small two-bedroom unit that is owned by my parents but I am renting from them and it will basically be mine when I have a full-time job. That will hopefully be soon when I finish my nursing course in June.

I have been living here for the last 6 years. I can’t believe it’s been that long already! I still remember my housewarming party when I first moved in 2016. It’s taken me a while to love my place and to feel comfortable living here but I am now nearly there and really happy with it. I can’t imagine living anywhere else as it’s close to literally everything! It’s only 10 minutes away from the city and 10 minutes away from the airport, Ikea, and Bunnings. It’s close to nice cafes like Karma and Crow, Devour cafe, a nice Vegan bakery that just moved here called Cherry Darlings and it’s close to lovely shops such as House and Gardens and Wholers. We also have the lovely Marion Hotel nearby and Westfield Marion shopping centre. It’s also not far from Westfield West Lakes too and my family so I am happy with the location and the house.

I wanted to take you on my journey of decorating and organising my house so here are some photos of what I have done so far. The colour theme for my house is grey, pink and dark blue with red, gold, and green accents. I am not an interior designer by any means… I just love decorating!

First up is this slimline trolley that I got from Kmart. The quality of the trolley was not that good as some of the wood was damaged when I first opened it but I thought for that price it is not bad and I couldn’t be bothered returning it. You can’t see it anyway after you have built it.

I had to build it myself so it took a long time to build about two hours as there were lots of bits and bobs. It made my space look prettier though and took up less space since the trolley was slimline. I was using my Ikea Raskog trolley before and that was taking up too much space in the dining area so I placed it in the kitchen instead and used it for more storage. I will show you how I use the Ikea Raskog trolley now in another post.

It took a while to figure out where to place everything. Some of the bigger bottles could not fit on the upper shelves as too big so I had to put it on the bottom shelf even though it’s my favourite gin. At first, I placed my hand sanitiser, Glen 20, mosquito repellant, and foot spray on the top shelf for easy access and I take off my shoes next to it but then when I posted that photo on the Kmart hacks group page people were making fun of it and commenting on it but now I understand why so I decided to move it. I removed it from the top shelf and now it looks cleaner and less cluttered. And I love it now!

What do you all think of it? Do you love it or hate it?

Please leave your thoughts in the comment below or like this post.

Love Nat xx

The Paper Club Unboxing | For Stationery Addicts | October Subscription Box

Hi everyone!!

If you’re a follower of my blog then you will know that I have been subscribed to The Paper Club Stationery Subscription Box for a while now. I had just received the October Box and I am so excited to share it with you. Each box will contribute $1 towards OzHarvest, which will feed 2 meals for the homeless so it’s for a really good cause.

This months theme is an Oasis theme that allows you to escape reality.

In this months box we have:

1 x Washitape

1 x Tropical Stickers

1 x Scissors

2 x Tropical Paper Sheets

1 x Greeting Card

1 x Notecards and Envelopes

1 x Monstera Leaves Gift Bag

My favourite items in this months box are the washitape, tropical stickers, and the scissors. I have been a collector of washi tapes since I started my stationery account on Instagram a few years ago so I have a whole box full of washi tape sorted out into different colours. I just love using washi tape as a seal on the back of envelopes or as sticky tape when wrapping presents. I mainly use washi tape for decorating my planner!

Speaking of planners, I have been decorating my planners from stickers that I got from Officeworks as they have a sticker section in the stationery aisle from Carpe Diem that are for planners and calendars. They are just so cute! But these tropical stickers from the Paper Club are cuter and I love the watercolour style they have used for these stickers. I will definitely use them in my planner. Keep an eye out for my planner and washi tape collection.

The last favourite item is the golden scissors with the black trimming on the handle. It just fits my style of my desk so I am glad to have it sitting in my pen holder. The Paper Club have added some really good items in this months box as it’s the first time I have received tropical stickers and golden scissors!

if you want to find out more about the Paper Club then I will put a link to their website here. You can check them out in your own time. The subscription box is only $19.95 a month and all stationery boxes have a combined value of over $50. It’s really worth the money and I have not been disappointed in any box yet. I have loved all the items I have received so far and I am not just saying that because I am a stationery addict.

Overall, I rate this months box 5 out of 5 stars. It’s probably one of the best boxes yet!

Let me know in the comments below if you are subscribed to the Paper Club and what is your favourite item out of this months box? Thank you for reading!


Love Nat xx

Self care Tips for Sick Days

Hi everyone

So I haven’t posted anything since July. My bad… but life has been hectic and I am currently sick with a cold. I had a cold since last Friday. I got a Covid test so I couldn’t do much but stay at home and luckily it turned out negative. I got the results 12 hours later, which was quick as they say you will get the results 24 hrs to 48 hrs after getting tested. I probably got it earlier because I rang up Clinical Labs collection centre to ask if I could get my results earlier. My results were still pending at the time I rang.

I lost my voice on Saturday followed by conjunctivitis. I have had it for a week now. My eyes are getting better though as I have been putting Chlorsig eye drops in and my cold is gone but I have still lost my voice. I am currently taking antibiotics for it so hopefully I will be better by next week. My doctor diagnosed me with adenovirus.

It sucks being sick. You feel sad when you are sick as you are not feeling your best and then you feel stressed because you can’t work but luckily I am permanent position now so I get sick leave. But I use to be on casual so I know what’s it like not getting paid when you are sick. My doctor told me there’s a lot of viruses out there now so we have to be careful, wash your hands thoroughly and don’t touch your face or eyes before washing your hands. That’s probably how I got conjunctivitis.

This virus is probably one of the worse viruses I have ever had as I had a cold, lost my voice and then got conjunctivitis. It felt like I had everything! But now I am feeling much better and so I have learnt some self care tips for when being sick.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Don’t be too hard on yourself for getting sick. You may feel like crap but it’s not your fault for getting sick. Be kind to yourself. Allow yourself the time to rest and recover. Don’t get angry at yourself for not being able to do things like work or study. Remember, it’s best to stay at home when sick so don’t spread the germs and rest so you can get better.

Treat yourself

Treat yourself to a day of rest or sleep. Allow yourself to recover. Take time off to care for yourself and treat yourself to a nice hot bath, light some candles and pamper yourself. Do something you love that you never get time to do like playing video games, reading a book, or do some meditation if able to do the breathing techniques.

Drink lots of fluids

Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids whether it’s a nice cup of coffee/tea, orange juice or a smoothie. It’s recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day or 2L of water to keep the doctor away.

Get some fresh air

When you have more energy and if it’s nice weather it’s always good to get some fresh air and vitamin D as when you are sick all you just want to do is stay in bed and you are not getting enough vitamin D that you need. So spend at least 10 minutes outdoors when you are able to.

Have a shower

I know you may not feel like having a hot shower when you are sick but having a hot shower is good for getting rid of germs because of the steam, especially if you have nasal congestion.

Allow yourself to stay in pjs the whole day

I don’t like staying in my pyjamas the whole day as you feel dirty but when you are sick you feel dirty anyway so it doesn’t really matter if you stay in your pyjamas or not. I like to get into lounge wear at around late afternoon and I feel so much better.

So those are my self care tips for when you are sick. It’s not much but I hope it helps you for when you get sick but I hope none of you gets sick and take care of yourself by eating healthy, and doing exercise regularly.

Stay safe!

Love N xx

Illuminate Festival | Van Gogh Alive Exhibition Review | Grand Pavilion, North Adelaide

Hi all

Winter is here and what better way to spend the cold nights at the Illuminate Festival. The Illuminate Festival is held in Adelaide from 16 July to 1 August 2021. It’s where the city of Adelaide will light up. It features Van Gogh Alive from 1 July – 22 August, Light Creatures at Adelaide Zoo from 8 July – 1 August, then City Lights from 16 July – 1 August and Light Cycles at Adelaide Botanic Gardens from 15 July – 1 August.

I recently went to Van Gogh Alive at the Grand Pavilion in North Adelaide. Vincent Van Gogh is probably one of the most underrated painters in history so it was lovely to see an exhibition like Van Gogh Alive showcasing his masterpieces like the Starry Night and Sunflowers. He is probably one of my favourite painters of all time with his painting the Starry Night being my favourite painting ever.

As you walk along O’Connell St, you will feel excitement as you see his artworks on the walls of the building. You have to check-in using the QR code but masks are not mandatory. You will be greeted by the cafe on the left and an introduction to the experience and the painter on the right with the sponsor Lexus in the middle as well as the merchandise. It’s best to start from the beginning of Van Gogh’s bedroom.

The first room that we went in was the Starry Night where you will see pretty lights hanging down from the ceiling with the starry night painting on the walls. It was very pretty and a wonderful opportunity to take photos. It’s best to go with someone who will take photos for you and wouldn’t mind doing so.

After about 15 minutes taking photos in the Starry Night room, we then went into the main arena where you have a very spacious room filled with LED screens showcasing a 360 degree view slideshow of Van Gogh’s artworks. It was very creative and well thought out the exhibition. You could sit on the floor or move to different areas of the room for a different angle. We came in the middle of the slideshow so we stayed and sat in a different area of the room to watch the beginning of the slideshow so you can literally sit there for hours and take it all in. You will feel all relaxed as it is in sync with beautiful classical music taking you back in time to the post-impressionist era. The only thing that ruined it though was the Lexus ad and it would have been better if there was different session times for the viewing so we can see from start to finish in one go.

Once we saw the whole thing, we went into the room full of Sunflowers where it feels like you are in a field of Sunflowers. It was very well designed and I would go again if I could. Tickets were $45 for adults but can upgrade the ticket to a package., which I wish I did. I also regret not trying the cafe as the desserts looked so pretty but it was a bit expensive so we went somewhere else for dessert.

O’Connell St has lots of cafes and restaurants so you wouldn’t go hungry. We went to Chocolate-tree for dessert, which was only a 3 minute walk away from the Grand Pavilion. It’s definitely nothing like I have ever seen before . It’s been in 60 cities and has over 3,000 images of Van Gogh’s artwork. I highly recommend Van Gogh Alive as it’s worth the money and it’s a once in a lifetime event so definitely worth going to.

Overall, I rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

What did you think of Van Gogh Alive? And what is your favourite painting from Van Gogh?

Love Nat xx

AmandaRachLee’s Undated Doodle Planner | Stationery | Review

Hi everyone

So I recently got a new planner as I just finished my old diary. I actually had one more month left but I was so excited to start this one that I decided to start this planner from July 2021. I was so excited when it arrived on my doorstep yesterday morning. I wasn’t sure what it was as it was in a brown cardboard box but when I opened it I was so excited as I have been waiting for this planner for a long time. I ordered it on June 2 and it had only just arrived but that’s okay because of Covid everything gets delayed and it also came from Canada so it’s to be expected. But it’s definitely worth the wait!

The planner for this year is AmandaRachLee’s Undated Doodle Planner. I was so excited when she released this as I like how it is undated so you can start the planner from whenever you want and it comes with these cute month stickers. I got the planner in a lilac colour with silver foiling for the doodles. It’s very pretty and nicely sealed in plastic to protect the planner. The thickness of the paper is 160 GSM and it’s 160 pages so it is very thick the planner so it is durable. It comes with a band to keep it more private and it also has a pen holder.

I had bought her doodle planners before but I would waste it because I would not use all of the months so it is good that it comes undated now. And I love the theme in this year’s doodle planner.

Themes Included:

  • Art Deco
  • Roses
  • Tropical/Monsterra Leaves
  • Clouds
  • Daisies
  • Lofi/Staying at Home
  • Seashells
  • 80s Retro
  • Stationery
  • Magic/Wizardry
  • Waves
  • Space/Planets

I was excited for the Lofi/Staying at Home and Magic/Wizardry theme as I love listening to lo-fi hip hop and I am a fan of Harry Potter. The themes are definitely better than last year’s planner. I am definitely going to use it this year as I want to keep track of my habits and my mood.

Each month comes with a monthly view, dotted pages, habit tracker, mood tracker, weekly views, and a section for your goals and favourites. It’s like an adult colouring-in book where you can colour in the doodles. I am going to leave mine black and white and just colour in the habit trackers and the mood trackers. I might buy some planner stickers to stick in the planner just to decorate it a bit more but I don’t want to ruin Amanda’s lovely illustrations so I am going to leave it uncoloured. Overall, I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. It’s the perfect planner to organise your life for 2021.

What planner are you using for 2021? Have you used AmandaRachLee’s doodle planner before? What did you think of it? Leave your comments below.

Happy planning!

Love Nat xx

The Paper Club Subscription Box | Winter Gardens | Unboxing Review | June Box

Hi everyone

I just received my June stationery box from the Paper Club. I thought I’d share with you what I got in this month’s box. This month’s theme was a floral winter garden theme. On the card, it said ‘Bringing joy with flowers’ on the front and then on the back it describes what the theme is about.

‘The bright floral designs evoke the wisdom of nature. A flower doesn’t force itself to open but must simply wait to bloom. When we plant a garden, we know the flowers will take time to grow and through these actions we show our belief in a better future and a more beautiful world’ (The Paper Club 2021).

I like the theme of this box. You expect the theme for a winter box to be dark colours but the colours of the theme is a mixture of bright and dark. It has a blue, red, yellow and gold theme with a hint of green. The design somehow all works well together as one.

The box includes:

1 x rose gold ruler
2 x gel pens
1 x letter writing set
2 x greeting cards
1 x gift tags
1 x wrapping paper

The box is encouraging you to take time to make time. It says ‘get cosy and create something special with the gorgeous pens, nurturing within yourself the seeds for a luscious life’. I love the rose gold ruler, gel pens, the letter writing set and the wrapping paper. I will definitely use those. I love collecting greeting cards so I will add those to my collection. I am not a huge fan of the design of the gift tags, letter writing set and the greeting cards of the red flowers. I prefer the simpler designs like of the wrapping paper and the other greeting card but it’s still a gorgeous box and I love how it encourages you to write. Overall, I rate this box 4 out of 5 stars. I can tell a lot of effort has been put into it with their own packaging and designs. It still makes me excited for the next box!

Greeting cards
Rose gold ruler and gift wrapping paper
Gel pens
Writing Set

Let me know if you have subscribed to the Paper Club. What did you think of it? Each box goes towards OzHarvest so it makes you feel good subscribing to it. Enjoy being a stationery addict like me.

Love Nat x

Bubbles and Brushes | Van Gogh’s Starry Night DIY Paint Kit Review

Hi all

I wanted to talk about my experience with Bubbles and Brushes. They are an Australian company that holds painting workshops or you can order their paint kits online, which is what I did. I ordered the ‘Van Gogh’s Starry Night’ DIY Paint Kit. I ordered it on the 9th May but it took about a month to get here after many correspondents by email asking where my delivery was and how long it will take. I was getting annoyed by the end of it and wanted a refund if it doesn’t arrive as it was taking too long. I got parcels from China earlier than them and it was not that cheap. It was $45 plus shipping fee.

So I was bit disappointed when it arrived as the presentation didn’t look that great. It just came in a cardboard box with a stencil with the outline of the painting that wasn’t quite accurate, a plastic plate, a few paint pots with mostly the primary colours in them, a couple of brushes, a canvas, and instructions on how to paint it.

The description on the website says ‘Pour yourself a glass of something delicious, pick up your brand new brushes, take in that new canvas smell and flick through the pages of your booklet as we guide you through this painting journey. Tuck your stencil behind your canvas to trace your piece outline and away you go! If you really get stuck, we’re here for you anytime – just send us through your question and we’ll work on it together’ (Bubbles and Brushes 2021).

I think the presentation could be better considering the price of the paint kit but it was fun to do and it got me interested in painting again. It was quite relaxing. I want to learn how to do acrylic painting better now. There’s this class on Skillshare, which seems quite informative. If you don’t know about Skillshare then it is an online learning platform with millions of classes to choose from photography to learning how to take care of your indoor plants. This is not sponsored but it’s very useful if you want to learn something new.

Overall, it’s a very interesting concept but I probably wouldn’t buy from them again and just do my own painting as it’s cheaper. At least it got me started and interested in painting again so I am grateful for that. The process took about an hour and I am happy with how it turned out. It’s not at all like Van Gogh’s Starry Night but my own version of it and I am happy with how it turned out. I was going to give it to my dad for his birthday but I am thinking of keeping the painting for my self as I am proud of it. The instructions were easy to follow. It’s a good idea to look at the original painting first to see what it is suppose to look like. I kept having to look back at the picture that was on the front cover of the manual but in the end I just did it my style. You don’t have to follow exactly. Just have fun with it! I rate the whole experience 3 out of 5 stars.

Hope this post inspires you to start painting again.

Love Nat xo

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