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

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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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Self Love Book Club | The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K vs **** NO! by Sarah Knight | Book Review

Hi all

After finishing Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King, I went on to reading The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K by Sarah Knight. I’ve had this sitting on my shelf for a long time but I just had not been wanting to read this until I started reading her other book ***** NO! by Sarah Knight, which is How to Stop Saying Yes When You Can’t, You Shouldn’t or You Just Don’t Want To.

Her books are a bit hard to get into in my opinion with the repetitive use of the F word throughout the book and her sense of humour. She uses serif fonts throughout her two books and also highlights the important phrases in the book in bold. Sarah gives good tips and exercises throughout her books. For example, in the Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K she tells you to do a Fuck Budget, which is a list of things that you Don’t Give a Fuck About and also a list of things that you Do Give a Fuck About. See what I mean by the repetitive use of the F word? I am sorry if this offends you but there will be a lot of F words in this post but you can blame Sarah Knight for that.

Sarah Knight compares her method to the Marie Kondo method of tidying up in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K. She names her method as the NotSorry Method and uses decluttering as getting rid of all the F**Ks in your life. This includes Things, Work, Friends, Acquaintances, Strangers, and the hardest one Family. I wanted to read this book because I wanted to get some tips on how to say no to my family who put pressure on me to finish my nursing. I know I should finish my nursing as I am nearly there but I am not enjoying it all and I feel I am not good enough to be a nurse. I get stressed, emotional and depressed when it comes to assessments. But I need to finish it because I don’t want to disappoint my parents and I don’t want other people to think I am a failure as I have given up so many times. But who cares what other people think? Is their opinion more important than your happiness? So this book gives useful tips when it comes to giving advice on not giving a F**K. It states that once you feel guilty, you have already failed at not giving a f**k. It is highlighted in bold so it is an important phrase to remember and it helps to encourage you to not give a fuck.

I prefer to read Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K more than than F*** No! Because I need to learn how to not care what other people think more than learning how to say no. It states that no is an acceptable answer and you shouldn’t feel guilty about saying no either. This book also gives you plenty of exercises to do and also there’s a quiz to identify if you are a People-Pleaser, an Overachiever, a Pushover, or have a serious FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). I think I am a people-pleaser and have serious FOMO sometimes I say yes to things because I don’t want to miss out and also I want to make people happy so I feel bad when I say no to things. But I do know how to say no so don’t really need this book as much as the other one.

Overall, I don’t really know if I like Sarah Knight’s writing style. It’s hard to get used too. I want to get her other books though Get Your S*** Together, You Do You and Calm the F*** Down but I don’t really need the last one. I am calm most of the time except when I am stressed when it comes to studying and also when I get a-lot of pain from my Endometriosis. Maybe her other books will inspire me more? Who knows? What did you think of her books? Have you read them yet? Let me know in the comments below. Because I haven’t finished her books yet I can’t really rate them but I will let you know what I rate them in my next Self Love Book Club post.

Happy reading!

Love Nat xx

Self Love Book Club | Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King | Book Review

Hi all

So I just finished this book called Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King. It was funny how I stumbled across it as I had first seen it on Pinterest and thought that the cover was a really nice print. I did not know that it was an actual book until I saw it at a book shop and so I thought it must be fate! I just had to get it so I bought the book from QBD book shop.

It was the first book that got me out of the slump I was in. I had not picked up a book in ages and I wanted to get back into reading again. I was hooked by Vex’s words and wisdom from the start to finish. I really enjoyed his writing and he gives good advice throughout the book. He gives you past experiences and stories so can understand the topic better and some of it is quite relatable. The text is simple sans serif but the quotes are a contrast to the body of the text as they are in a serif font and in a bigger size that are scattered throughout the book. The headings are in bold and in a sans serif font that makes it easier to follow. The colour theme of this book is nice and simple with a gold and white cover. I don’t know much about Vex King but I know he was a music producer that turned into a mindful coach and became popular through Instagram. You can check out his instagram here: @vexking.

There’s seven parts or headings to this book, which are:

  • Part One: A Matter of Vibes
  • Part Two: Positive Lifestyle Habits
  • Part Three: Make Yourself a Priority
  • Part Four: Accepting Yourself
  • Part Five: Manifesting Goals: Mind Work
  • Part Six: Taking Goals, Mind Action
  • Part Seven: Pain and Purpose

If any of these headings struck a chord in you then this is the book for you!

The ending felt a bit rushed in my opinion as the chapters weren’t so long compared to the others but other than that it was a really good book and I highly recommend it to people who love self help books just as much as I do. I felt like I really needed this book whilst I was reading it and it has helped me think about things a lot! It’s put things in perspective for me. I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. If you have read it, what did you think of it?

I decided to start a self love book club because I love reading self help books and I want others to feel inspired too. So this week I recommend reading Good Vibes, Good life by Vex King. Let me know what you learnt from this book and how it has changed you. I will probably do this every month to give you time to finish the book and to let me know what the thoughts are. I don’t know it’s just an idea. I may just recommend books to you and you can just read it in your own time with no pressure. Actually, I think that’s better. I will do it weekly every Thursday and you can add it to your list of books to read and read it in your own time.

Happy reading!

Love Nat xx

The Paper Club Subscription Box | For All the Stationery Lovers Out There | May Box

Hi all

What better to write a blog than to write it on a Thursday morning. It’s my day off today but I have class later in the evening. I had a productive morning as I am still keeping up with the Miracle Morning challenge as well as doing some admin stuff.

Today, I wanted to write about this stationery subscription box called the Paper Club. It’s a monthly subscription box where you receive stationery products with a different theme each month. I first discovered it through an Instagram ad or was it a Facebook ad? I can’t remember but I discovered on social media and it’s definitely my sort of subscription box as I am a stationery lover. You can check out my stationery account on IG: @natsmyplanner

You can view their past subscription boxes on their website and also sometimes they have limited edition collection boxes, for example, they had one for Mother’s Day.. They shipped the May box on the 7 May and it arrived a few days later so it was quick delivery. It comes in an A4 cardboard envelope box with their labels on the front and back with their socials. Inside the box it is wrapped in orange tissue paper but I am guessing their would be different coloured tissue paper each month.

I was surprised by the quality of the stationery products in the box. It felt like my birthday! The theme for this month was called the Bright Side. It’s about feeling inspired to create hobbies and to treat yourself. It was a lovely box to start off with. I really loved the illustrations on all the stationery products and it didn’t feel cheap. It felt like high-end quality products that designers have put a lot of thought into their products and I loved it! It makes me want to keep subscribing to their monthly subscription box. It is $19.95 a month so it’s not very expensive and it’s worth the money if you are a lover of stationery like I am. You can cancel at any time and there’s no obligation fee.

So here’s what is inside the box for May:

A4 Prints
Greeting Cards
Bullet Journalling Kit

It’s run by an Australian company called Candle Bark Creations and based in Sydney Australia. Each box has 5+ items worth over $50 of cool stationery products. And to top it off each box sold by The Paper Club will go towards Oz Harvest, which feeds the homeless. This means that 1 box will feed 2 meals. Isn’t that great? It makes you feel good too. So check out the Paper Club box and let me know what you think in the comments below! I will do an unboxing post for each subscription box I get each month so stay tuned!

Enjoy

Love Nat xo

6 Tips on How to Get Motivated to Study

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So I guess you can say I am a pro when it comes to trying to get motivated to study as I have been studying all my life. I am currently studying my Diploma of Nursing at TafeSA doing my enrolled nursing so I need to stay on top of all my assessments. I tend to do all my assessments last minute but that’s how my brain works and it’s how I work best but I do get them done by the due date, which is important. Here are some tips on how I get motivated to study:

1. Tidy up the House

This may seem like procrastination but it actually helps clear your mind and make you more focused on studying. It also helps you feel less distracted when it comes to studying. I like to do this before I study whether it’s just tidying up your workspace, your house, or just some dishes in the sink.

2. Get ready for the day

I like to feel fresh before I study so I like to get ready for the day. I get dressed, do my skincare, brush my hair, and brush my teeth. It makes me feel more awake and more motivated to study. I don’t like studying in my pyjamas as it makes me feel lazy and wanting to go to bed so getting ready for the day helps with motivation.

3. Make a drink

I tend to feel dehydrated in the morning so I like to make myself a cup of tea before I start studying. This helps wake me up but if you don’t drink tea then you can make yourself a coffee, a nice smoothie or even water will help make you feel more motivated to study.

4. Create Your Study Environment

This helps with getting motivated to study as it helps set the mood for studying. I like to close the blinds in my office a little bit so I don’t get distracted by the sunlight and I like to close the door so I create that warm and cosy feeling as the room tends to get cold. I also like to sometimes turn on my fake candle and I like to play music in the background when I am studying but not pop, heavy metal or rock music. I like to play lo fi hip hop when I am studying. You can find it by clicking here or you can find it on spotify. I like it because it’s a mixture of jazz and hip hop and it’s not too loud. It’s nice and relaxing but not too relaxing! It’s famous because of the girl in the animation. It can be distracting as there is a chatroom on ChilledCow’s Youtube channel so I like to open a new tab and put it in the background.

5. Choose a time to study

I tend to study best in the afternoon so I like to rest and take it easy in the morning then I like to study in the afternoon around 2:00 PM after lunch and work until 5:00 PM but everyone is different and has different times when they like to study. Choose what is best for you!

6. Do a To-Do List

This probably comes under organisation like how to stay organised when it comes to studying but it also helps with motivation in my opinion. I like to make a to-do list before I start studying. I write down all the tasks that need to get done and then I like to prioritise them from most important to least important and cross them off as I go. After completing each task, I like to reward myself to motivate me to get them done. You can buy a to do list pad or you can just jot it down in your notebook. I bought my to do pad from Kikki.K.

So these are my tips on how I get motivated to study. What are your tips? Please leave them in the comments below as I am always happy to learn from others.

Thanks for reading!

Love N xx