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National Stationery Week

Next week, from 24th to 30th April, it’s National Stationery Week. Writing is important for me, I take notes when I’m at a seminar or at a fair, I write my shopping lists and cards for special occasions. I have a diary (actually 2) filled with to-do lists and goals and other bits&pieces. I always write down the places I want to see when we plan a trip somewhere. One of my diaries is filled with ideas of blog posts, that might sound strange, but I feel inspired when I’m in front of pen and paper.
I’m traditional when it comes to reading, I love paperback books, flipping through pages and not a pdf on a tablet. As I’ve started reading regularly again last year, I have a small notebook to copy quotes from books.

 National Stationery Week

Imagine my delight when I was asked to review all these items in preparation for next week. I was very excited to try them, obviously.

National Stationery Week 2017 has a different theme for every day of the next week:
Monday is #PenAndPencilDay
Tuesday is #GetCrafty
Wednesday is #WorldStationeryDay
Thursday is #ThankYouThursday
Friday is #FountainPenFriday
Saturday is #SignatureSaturday
Sunday is #WriteALetterDay
Do get involved if you fancy, I know I will. I’m not sure if I will do a craft project or I will write a letter, but I will certainly do something special next week.

 National Stationery Week

From Maped I received an eraser with a pink and black casing, a bunny pencil sharpener, DUO Graph’ pens and a DUO tip colouring pen.
The DUO Graph’ pens are fab. I like that they can “split” into 2 pens, as you can see in the picture. They have a 0.4mm fine line and come in this transparent case. I really like them. I think I will use them when I’m going to make plans, colour-code helps me organize better.
The bunny pencil sharpener is so cute! I love it, when I use it to sharpen a pencil it moves its teeth. How cute is that? The eraser is good and I like that I can close it.

 National Stationery Week

Cactus sticky notes, Cat in a book page markers and 12 crayons from Mustard are next on my list.
I have some boring page markers that I will replace with these cute cats. The markers are reusable and quite sturdy. I might use one as a bookmark for the book I’m reading now: “A street Cat Named Bob”, as it would be very appropriate.
The cactus sticky notes can stand up. It’s hilarious and it’s unlikely I will forget a sticky note looking like that. I can’t use the crayons just yet as I don’t have a colouring book, but I plan to get one and they will be handy at that point.

 National Stationery Week

The Sheaffer 100 Ballpoint pen looks great. I will use it when I’m going to fairs, along with the Monologue Platinum Notebook. They are stylish and look professional, I like this a lot. The notebook is the perfect size for a handbag. These two will be great as a gift too.

 National Stationery Week

It’s been a while since I’ve used an ink pen. It was lovely to try this one from Stabilo, it reminded me of my childhood, when I used to change the ink cartridges at school.
I also got these Sensor fine 0.3 drawing pens. I like them a lot and the colours are lovely: green, teal, pink and purple. I will use them for colour-coding too. My drawing skills aren’t spectacular, but I like colour-codes, as you can see.

 National Stationery Week

nu: craze notebook it’s another fab thing I got. It has ruled perforated paper and it will be very helpful for me, for my work. I can take notes, remove them from the notebook and file them with the rest of the docs, easy and with no fuss.

 National Stationery Week

The last things I’m going to talk about are these age appropriate pencils from Write Size. I knew the concept, even though I don’t have children, and I think it’s great. Children have smaller hands, so special pencils for them must be helpful and make writing comfortable.

PR Samples.

Lapsang Souchong, my favourite tea

Lapsang Souchong, the story of my favourite tea started many years ago. One of the main characters in a book I loved as a teenager was drinking Lapsang Souchong, I remembered the name because I thought it’s strange. I forgot about it until last year when I went to the Twinings shop and I got a lot of teas to try from them. A smoky Lapsang was one of them. I just had to try it and I’m glad I did, as this is my favourite tea.

Before moving to UK I didn’t use to drink tea as most of the tea I was familiar with was herbal. Now I drink tea regularly, Lapsang Souchong daily and I do enjoy other teas as well. Although I still don’t like herbal teas.

Lapsang Souchong

The Lapsang Souchong I drink is made in the Wuyi Mountains, in the north of the Fujian province and it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tea is made with wood from pine trees. It’s still made in the same way as hundreds of years ago. It dates from the 1600s.

I’ve read two stories of how the Lapsang Souchong was made. One said that the smoking of the leaves was made to speed up the process of the drying. The second story says that thugs demanded money from a farmer, when he wasn’t able to pay, they set the sheds on fire. The farmer and his men put the fire off, but the smoke dried the leaves. When he tried to sell the tea, the Dutch trader loved the new tea and he asked for smoked tea every year. I’m not sure which one is the correct one, but both of them are very interesting.

Lapsang Souchong

I have at least a cup of Lapsang Souchong every day, usually two or three. I like it so much, without any milk or sugar. I brew it for 4 minutes, as I prefer a stronger taste. It’s not for everybody, that’s for sure. It has a strong taste and it’s smoky.

Do you like Lapsang Souchong?

Chalkboard bundle review and giveaway

I like things I can personalize and I was delighted to receive this Chalkboard bundle. There is another bundle to giveaway for one of my readers. I hope you like Chalkboard items as much as I do.
All the items look great and I think they would be a very nice gift.

Chalkboard bundle giveaway: Chalkboard mug Chalkboard bunting and Chalkboard lunch box

When I got the package I was so excited to try them. The Chalkboard bundle contains a Chalkboard mug, Chalkboard bunting and the Chalkboard lunch box. I’m going to talk about each of them.

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The Konjac Sponge

I got this Konjac Sponge last month and I’ve been using it almost daily. I like it a lot, so I though I should talk about it on my blog.
The sponge I have is from Konjac Sponge Company and it’s the French Green Clay Konjac Facial Puff Sponge, at £8.99. The sponge is 100% Natural, free from colouring and additives.

You might have heard about Konjac as a low-calories pasta, as I did, have a look here at what I said about the pasta. It’s a sort of potato, a perennial plant from Asia that was used for hundreds of years.

The Konjac Sponge

I feel it cleans the face very good. I’ve been using it with and without cleanser and I think the results are pretty much similar. It exfoliates the skin gently and it feels smooth and clean. Because it’s similar, I usually use it without cleanser.
My sponge is made with French green clay. This clay is a strong antiseptic and it’s recommended for combination skin, like mine. To use the sponge, keep it for less than 1 minute in the water until it gets soft. When it’s dry it will harden.

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The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

Yesterday, my husband and I went to The Philharmonic Dining Rooms. Everybody that wants to visit Liverpool would have heard about The Phil. The pub was commissioned in the late Victorian period, 1889-1900, made to resemble a Gentleman’s Club and it was the most ornate pub in England. It’s a Grade II listed building and it’s beautiful.

We went after lunch time and it was so busy that we weren’t able to take a lot of pictures in the pub. It’s not a surprise, considering that it was the place where the Beatles were going for a drink. It is believed that John Lennon said “The worst part of being famous is not being able to pop into the Phil for a quiet pint”.

 The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

The weather was lovely yesterday, the sun was shining and it was warm too.

 The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

As I mentioned, it was so busy yesterday. The Phil is between the two cathedrals, very close to the city center and, as the name suggests, it’s near the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

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Makeup organizer

This month’s review is less a review and more of an idea, just because the make up organizer I have sold out in shops. I got it from B&M. Similar one can be found online though, at Home Bargains for £5. I wasn’t sure if it will be of good quality as it has a low price. In the end, I was so happy with it and I end up buying two.

Makeup organizer

I got the first one a few months ago. It was a little bigger than I wanted but it fit in a cabinet and I had to rearrange a few things to make space for it. I have enough space for everything I need to store in it and there is still a little bit of space left for anything else I might decide to get and use.
I used to keep my nail polish in my bedside table. Some of the makeup was in the bathroom and the rest in a drawer. Now that I have everything in one location is great. I keep in the bathroom only the makeup remover and, of course, the cleansing products, like face wash, lotion, masks. Because I moved all the makeup in the bedroom, now I can see and use easily the things I have in the bathroom. The samples and new items are kept in my bedside table until I decide to use them.

After having it for a couple of months, I bought another one for the caravan.

Makeup organizer

In the caravan, the makeup organizer, was a life saver. I have a traveling makeup bag that I’m using, but it’s so much easier to have all the makeup and cosmetics within easy reach when I’m looking for them. Before having the makeup organizer I used some glasses for the toothbrushes. I found that in the caravan, the makeup organizer was even more important as I keep there all the cosmetics and stuff for my hair too. As you can see, the organizer has more things in it, as I have there the shower gels and so on.

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Cavern Club

I love pubs. I can’t live in UK and not love pubs, can I? I also never been to Cavern Club before! Considering I’ve been living in Liverpool and the Wirral for the last 5 years, that was quite puzzling. For my first pub in the pub of the month series, I wondered if I should start with Cavern or with the pub we love and to which we went to for many times, a pub never mentioned before on my blog, not sure why. As you can see, we’ve decided to go to Cavern Club, on a Friday night, late last month. On 16th January Cavern’s celebrated its 60th anniversary and that was another reason to pick them.

01 Cavern Club

We got there and, as usual, people were taking pictures of the pub, the club, the statues in front of them. You might know that this is where The Beatles played 292 gigs in the early 60s. The Club had a tumultuous history, but now it has the same principles as the ones they had when it was started: fun atmosphere and live music every day from mid-afternoon until late.

02 Cavern Club

As part of the 60th anniversary celebrations, the statue of Cilla Black was unveiled at the Cavern. She worked as a cloakroom attendant at the club in the 60s.

03 Cavern Club

It was quite early when we got to the Club, around 6pm. Even so, the Club was packed and everybody was having a great time. I really enjoyed the music, it was better than I’ve anticipated. This part of the Club is reproduced in the Beatles Museum, only a short walk from the Club.

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