My Essential Blogging Stationery

I am a huge stationery addict, and have been since I was very little. I was over the moon when I won this mug during national stationery week on Facebook. Its perfect.
I cannot pass up the aisle’s with all the pens, notebooks and other essentials in supermarkets. I love that they seem to change their ranges all the time as well. Then of  course you can pick up discontinued lines at a fraction of the original cost! Bargain!
              I'm a Stationery Addict
This is a collection of some of my blogging stationery essentials. My sister always finds me weird and wacky pens from her travels which she always brings home. I have pens from Seattle, Utah, Arizona, and from all over Canada. I get so excited to receive pens, and you can always find a free pen anywhere. When I was little I used to go into Barclay’s and pick up the free pens with all the different phrases on.
                  Blogging stationery
My Blogging essentials include, post-its, notepads, pens, highlighters, pencils, planners, and diaries. Also including a mug of hot chocolate and some biscuits although they are not stationery but essential!
What is on your blogging essential stationery list? Do you have a favouite pen?
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My Word of the Week 9/05/2015

Time

Another week has been and gone, where does time go? A week ago I was only starting to plan out my posts for the next few weeks as I’m taking up the blogging everyday in May challenge #BEDM. Now we are nine days into May and I have kept up with my challenge so far….. I am sure as you get older that there is some kind of time hole and that as soon as you hit a certain age its speeds up. So as you can gather by now that my word of the week is time.

I am finding that I don’t have enough hours in the day to achieve what I want to do. Time is so short. 

A typical Saturday for me is to get up at 4:45am get showered and changed ready for work by 5:30 the latest. Then drive 12 miles to work to be there for 6am. On my break about 9am while I am eating my porridge I check emails, retweet a few competitions and share that days post over a few social media channels. I would be lost without my iPhone! Half an hour is over in no time at all so back to work I go.
Lunch is normally at 12-1pm where I gobble down an apple, yogurt and maybe a cheeky chocolate bar, while I am tweeting away, making blog notes, txting my husband and entering competitions. When I am at work I have to make sure I only need one hand to eat my lunch as the other is busy on the phone draining its battery. Why are iPhone batteries drained in such a short time?
At 1pm I go back to work for 2 more hours until I finish at 3pm, then I pop home and pick up my husband and we go and do our weekly food shop. I make sure he’s with me as I am terrible at overspending on treats, especially the chocolate kind!
We are normally home by 5pm so then its shopping away and time to cook the tea. By 6:30pm we are sitting down eating and waiting for some Saturday night show like, Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice or The X Factor to come on. While I am watching TV I’m catching up with bits and bobs on the laptop. If I get a spare half hour before bed I love to read a few pages of the book that I’m currently reading. 
Before I know it I can barely keep my eyes open and it’s time for bed. Time is just a very precious thing and its something that seems to rule our everyday lives.
How often do you say ‘Oh I wish I had time for that!’?
Thanks very much to Thereadingresidence for hosting this great linky once  again. 
Rachel xx

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20 Things About Me

I am really enjoying my blogging journey so far, but haven’t really told you anything about myself, so as one of the blogging everyday in May challenges I thought I would give you a list of 20 things I asked myself about me. So here I go!
  1. What is my favourite food? Chocolate – chocolate is a food isn’t it?
  2. How old am I? 32 – I was 29 for a couple of years as I didn’t like turning 30.
  3. What is my favourite vegetable? Peas
  4. Do I remember my first day of school? No – I never went! The teachers assistant came round looking for me, but my dad told her I wasn’t going in today because I didn’t want to go to school, but I’ll have her there tomorrow he told her!

  5. Can I swim? No – I hate water
  6. What is my favourite movie actor? I love Kevin Bacon! – Footloose rules!
  7. What is my favourite Disney film? Tough choice, between The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast
  8. What is my favourite colour? Always used to be purple but love pink now too.
  9. My favourite book is ….The Stand by Stephen King, I have so many books to choose from but it is always this one.
              

  10. What do I do for a living? I would love to blog for a living but so does most bloggers, but to earn money I cut cheese and ham all day long with the occasional cooking of chickens, gutting the odd fish and selling a steak!
  11. What is the last thing I bought? 6 free range eggs – Top tip, always find the brownest eggs as they have the yellowest yolks.
  12. What was I doing at 7am this morning? Slicing 1.5 kilos of salami, you wouldn’t believe how hard that is on your shoulder!
  13. Do I know how many books I own? no, I have never counted. Must be about 300 I reckon. I have to move a piano from my dining room to make room for two more book shelves. 
  14. What was the last song I listened to? Avenged Sevenfold’s Nightmare, I love it in the car driving to work at 5:30 am to wake me up!
  15. What was my best subject at school? Science – A total nerd!
  16. My favourite TV shows are….. Too many to name! All the Amercian one’s like Grey’s Anatomy, Grimm, Arrow, Flash, The Following (love Kevin Bacon!), Bones, Friends….. I will stop now as I would be here all day!
  17. What is my shoe size? I have enormous feet, size 8/9 and can never find shoes to fit properly. Lucky I wear men’s steel toe cap boots for work.
  18. Did I have a pet as a child? I had a couple, Daisy the cow and Mushy the rooster.
  19. What are my favourite perfumes? Kim Kardashian and Miami Glow by JLo.
  20. What is my proudest moment? When I married my husband, it was a really hot summers day, even the soles on my wedding shoes started to melt.
There you have it, 20 things about me. I hope you have enjoyed reading. To keep up to date with more posts on my blog follow me on Bloglovin and Facebook
Rachel xx

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