I caved and bought a blog planner.

For the last few months I’ve been using my personal diary to plan my blog posts. It started off well enough but recently I’ve been moving a lot of posts around. It’s meant that my personal diary is super messy. That week I received an email from Dot Creates that they had a couple of slightly damaged blog planners. Seeing as I had meant to buy one earlier in the month I snapped one up. Was it a good idea?

It’s all in the details

Dot creates state on their website that

Our all-in-one A5 blog planner is the perfect way to keep both your daily life and blog content organised. Small enough to carry in your bag and easy to write on. And with daily diary space, loads of post planning pages, upcoming event, sponsored content space, AND notes pages. This is the only planner you will ever need.

The planner contains:

  • 12 month (undated) planner

  • 192 post planning pages! (split into months)

  • Daily diary space

  • Hand-drawn quotes

  • Upcoming events section

  • Sponsored content section

  • Monthly stats recorder

  • Extra sponsored content pages

  • Notes pages

The Design

I love the design of this planner. It’s A5 which is the perfect size and it’s spiral bound so it’s easy to use. I like the clear cover to help protect the diary and the paper is really good quality. But the detail I really love is that it’s not numbered. It means that you can use the planner at any time of the year with no wasted pages. Brilliant. The cover is gorgeous too. I was tempted by the peach but the blue/grey pipped it to the post.

It’s what’s on the inside

The inside is perfect. There are pages for sponsored content if that’s your thing and space to write in upcoming events. The pages for planning blog posts are really well designed. There’s space to tick whether you’ve finished words/photographs, which is very helpful for me. I tend to write my posts during the week and then photograph on Saturday’s when the light is good. I think this is definitely going to help me keep up-to-date.

You Go Doll

I love the inspiring quotes throughout the planner. Blogging can be a lonely world so it’s nice to have a pick-me up every 15 or so pages. The type-font is gorgeous and I’m half tempted to rip these out and frame them. Or just buy prints from Dot Creates.

It’s purse friendly

I don’t think I will use this for every post I do. I want to use it for longer posts, or series posts. But I love how weighty it is. This will last me at least a year, probably more. The planner I bought was £7 because of slight marks on the cover but these sell for £12.50 which is, ridiculous. For such a high quality product it’s a steal.

Better Content

I really think this is going to help me improve my content. I’ve recently really upped my game with my photos and SEO. I think it’s going to help me improve what I’m posting and keeping an eye on my stats and the like. I’m really excited to get stuck in.

Should you invest?

Yes, yes, yes. It’s a fantastic planner, with a great price-point and a stunning cover. Big fan. I lave it.

Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner

Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner

Dot Creates Ultimate Blog Planner

 

I’ve always struggled with series books. The Fire Within is no different.

I was bought this book years ago when I was a child. I read though it in a whirlwind but. But only read book one. I’ve read the book mebbe 4/5 times but I’ve never read further into the series. I read a lot more serious books recently. (LOL adulthood.) But I thought I might start a series feature – beginning with The Fire Within. Let me know whether that’s exciting (OR TOTES NOT. )

Blurb

When David moves in with Elizabeth Pennykettle and her eleven-year-old daughter, Lucy, he discovers a collection of clay dragons that come to life. David’s own special dragon inspires him to write a story, which reveals the secrets behind a mystery.

In order to solve the mystery and save his dragon, David must master the magic of the fire within—not only with his hands but also with his heart.

The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey

My Review

The book follows the David arrival at Wayward Cresent. He’s come to study Geography at the local college and rent a small room. But, once he arrives and meets Liz and Lucy Pennykettle he senses something isn’t quite right. His landlord Liz creates clay dragons for a living, and Lucy is her daughter who adores squirrels. But something is off.  For a start – he can hear a hrrrrr-ing noise. It turns out the clay dragons are kinda real. But I’ll let you read and find out more.

The book is an interweaving of three stories. The story being told and the re-telling of the story of the last dragon. But, David is also roped into writing a birthday story for Lucy for her birthday. It features a squirrel called Conker. Super cute. All interweave perfectly. They support one another and help to keep the writing free-flowing. As always I preferred one over the two. The story of the dragons pipped it for me. Many of the negative comments focus on the squirrel story feeling it overshadows. I don’t think it does really.

The novel definitely has a strong sense of innocence. It is a beautiful mix of nature and fantasy and real concern for the environment. Yes, relationships are built very quickly and dissolved very quickly. Lucy and the lodger make friends in the wink of an eye. There’s an evil crow that is instantly recognisable. It’s sweet. Oh, and you should never made your dragon cry.

It also desperately made want my own Liz dragon. They’re moulded on the personality traits of their owner. Mine would be holding a book, with a pencil (like David’s.) With maybe a can of Pepsi Max and a tube of Pringles? Classy.

Final Thoughts

This book is a fantastic mix of nature quests, fantasy, art and writing. The layers of the story will intrigue eager readers but also reluctant readers. It will inspire anyone that reads this book to look for more.

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The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey

The Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey

 

Hellllllllo readers, it’s Tuesday, which means it’s time once again to say thank you to the wonderful bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s post is a topic that I find a little difficult because I have forever been a book then movie kinda girl. However recently I have been watching films without reading said books because I just don’t have time *cries.* Something has to give and I’ve got to be a little more strict with my TBR. Here are a list of ten book-to movie adaptations I may have not read but I do need to see.

The DUFF (2015)

I have heard some brilliant things about this films mainly from my wonderful group of friends and I didn’t know it was a book until I actually started at looking at book-to-movie’s I still needed to watch. The trailer looks brilliant and I think it will be one of those really feel-good movies that I watch and find a smile just unmoveable on my face. #holla

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)

Although I really don’t like horror movies I’ve seen a trailer for this I believe and it just looks fantastic. It doesn’t come out till 2016 which is getting terrifyingly close but I think I’ll have to drag T to go and see this if we can both hold our nerve.

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)

JDJGKJTUDOFKJF I recently watched The Maze Runner after meaning to read the book for about a year and a half but I adored this film and now I NEED to see the second. T and I tried to see it when it came out but Lizzo had left it too late and the only showing was 11.30 on a Sunday night; not practical for us old-timers but I will go see it.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015)

This is another film where I left it waaaaay to late to read the book and then all the films started coming out and I just gave in on my reading dreams; I cannot wait to see how it all concludes.

Paper Towns (2015)

This one I haven’t quite decided whether to read the book first but I have an utter adoration for Cara Delevingne so I will be seeing this at some point, soon hopefully.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk (1999)

Have read/listened to the book – still haven’t seen the film but I will. Don’t hate me.

The Jane Austen Book Club (2007)

I only found out recently that this was made into a film – I read the book and quite enjoyed it although it appeared to get a lot of mixed reviews on amazon/goodreads. Either way very tempted to give this a watch.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

I need a little help with this one; is it worth a watch? Love the book not sure on whether the film is worth a watch; let me know in the comments.

He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)

I can’t for the life of me remember if I have seen this film but either way if I can’t remember I should probably watch this again.

Revolutionary Road (2008)

Still not ready to see Leo and Rose together in a film together yet – I know I’m a sappy but I’m not ready. Maybe one day I’ll finally watch this.

Ten movies I need to watch, a couple of books I still need to read before I do so. What would add or take off my list? Let me know in le comments.

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Helllllo readers, hope you’re well. I’m currently going through a quarter-life crisis which my best friend Dan says it utterly normal; he’s on his second. I feel like a real-life Bridget Jones I have no idea what I’m doing in my life or what I want to do or anything. Gah, I feel like a cliché but how do people get to stages in their lives where they know what they’re doing? Or do you just never get there. I loved this book but it fell a little close to home, either way a brilliant book to read over a glass of wine or two.

A smart, irreverent slant on modern dating, Kate Michaels’ sexy, laugh-out-loud debut reimagines the world of Sex And The City with the biting realism of Lena Dunham’s Girls.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jess wakes up on New Year’s Day a touch hungover and a whole lot confused. The man in bed next to her is not her boyfriend, Ben. In fact, she doesn’t even remember Not-Ben’s name. It won’t be the first time she finds herself in a questionable situation in a year that proves her new single-in-the-city lifestyle is far from the glamorous, Sex And The City world she’s been promised on TV. Between hacking through last year’s leg hair, accidentally snogging someone who may well be her cousin, getting hit over the head with a sex toy that isn’t even hers, and ending the night with a walk of shame into her parent’s garage, Jess’s single life is turning out more cockroaches than cocktails.

The Morning After Memoirs is the story of one woman’s search for love, meaning, and a low-calorie alternative to wine. The Morning After Memoirs is a story essentially about Jess and her drunken antics.

I thought this book was a hell of a lot of fun – it’s one of those books that you can just dive into, have a good giggle over and relate so easily to the humour and the comedy feels. As the blurb suggests the book follows Jess as she struggles through a terrifying break-up with Ben. Moving on from the terrible event eating a Chinese for two in front of an exercise DVD we watch Jess in her newly single life and find that it’s not so much fun. Leg hair, fat jeans, a sex toy or two and her new neighbour it’s going to be a little nuts to say the least.

I immediately fell for Jess, probably because she reminds me so much of myself unfortunately; I loved the way that she named the people around her – Not-Ben, Tweedledum and Tweedledumber, Hot Waiter Number Two to name a few.) I wouldn’t say she’s a lot like Carrie Bradshaw, more a Bridget Jones character but that doesn’t make her any less amusing. She’s just like us; she eats, drinks, swears too much and gets herself in some seriously amusing situations. The book starts and ends at consecutive New Years so we get a whole year in the life of Jess. I also thought the fact that every time a new potential suitor is introduced he gets his own mini bio – Chris – 5ft 8″, brown eyes, likes pugs was really lovely. It just added a special touch.

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In terms of wobbles it didn’t have a big story line – it is very much a look at the life of a woman working and living in London. For me there wasn’t a hell of a lot more than that to a point. There is a lot of narration but just not quite enough action for me as a completed story and I struggled with that because it feel at times that things were being repeated just to get to a certain length of book. I also thought that relationship with Ben, after four years just kind of stopped. Apart from a couple of weeks where we see her lose herself she kind pulls it back together.

However, the writing is witty and fun, it shows a lot of style and I enjoyed the characters that were well built up throughout; even the supporting character got enough time in the spotlight and that helped to add depth to the book as a whole. For me  I would have enjoyed a more substantial plot line but overall a very fun and interesting read.

Linnnnks

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