Coconut Lane – Coconut Queen Ambassador

When the lovely people at Coconut Lane asked me to join their ambassador programme I nearly jumped out the bed! When I got the email through I was having cuddles with a sleepy baby girl so was lucky not to wake her up! Being an ambassador for Coconut Lane means I have become a Coconut Queen – how great is that? On a slightly different subject is that I love anything coconut smelling or tasting and that made me sit up and take notice to the name of the brand – Coconut Lane. I just love the name!
Wall Art - Coconut Lane
Image courtesy of Coconut Lane

Who are Coconut Lane?

Coconut Lane launched in 2015 and brings you the ultimate in chic homeware, stationery and fashion accessories – bringing you class, sass and a bit of Mean Girls bad-ass along the way. With pop culture and social media at the heart of their brand. 
They have merged modern day fun into classy products that you’ll love. Their products are created for the dreamers of the world -like me! and for those who dare to believe and then make it happen.  The products that they sell, aim to inspire and motivate, turning dreams into a reality.
blogger collection - Coconut Lane
Image courtesy of Coconut Lane


How will me being a Coconut Queen help you?

  • I will host regular giveaways in collaboration with Coconut Lane – Who doesn’t love to win stuff!
  • I will write up reviews on some of their lovely products showing you what you can buy for yourself and how they will bring inspiration and happiness to yourself and home.
  • Best part of all! – I can offer you a fantastic 20% discount off all Coconut Lane products when you reach the checkout with my special unique code rachelbustin20
Unique Discount code for Coconut Lane

Why not pop over to Coconut Lane and have a browse of all their wonderful things, from notebooks and phonecases to wall art and cushions. Something for everyone!
Don’t forget to your your discount code!



* I am a part of the Coocnut Lane Affiliate scheme so if you use my unique code I receive a little bit back which helps to run my blog – Thanks if you do xx

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Ever since I was a little girl I have always been interested in diaries and journals. I have kept one on and off most of my life. When I was about 10 I used to have one of those little journals with a lock and key. I think this was where my love of writing began. Now I use my blog as a sort of online diary/journal.
When I was given one of Orsolya Hernold Guided Journals to have a look at and review, I couldn’t say no.
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Stick To Stigu Planner Review

Since the beginning of the year I have been looking for the perfect planner/diary. I’m quite fussy in what I want from a planner. It had to be perfect for me. I had heard about the Stick To Stigu planners from other bloggers and I really wanted to try one out to see if it’s the “one” for me. 
The kind people at Stick To Stigu gave one of their planners for a review. I know we are already 5 months into 2016 and so obviously those first pages of those months are not going to get used now, but that doesn’t matter. I’ve still got months left of use to get out of it. Besides there are still the useful activities to do when you read back over. 

I love the way Stick To Stigu describes their wonderfully wacky planner so I have had to include it for you to read!
So what is it? Essentially an annual planner, a to-do pad, a notebook but also a rest and zest handbook hosted by the character ‘Stigu’ and a couple of his friends who encourage new habits in a non-judgemental, non-preachy way that actually works. Stigu shows how, with humour and compassion, through no-nonsense tips, practices, provoking quotes and inspiring illustrations, that juggling a crazy life is possible, and a good plan (plus enough rest and zest for life) can help.”
The first page introduces you to Stigu and what’s included in the planner. If you have any feedback on how you think the planner could be improved, Stick To Stigu would love to hear your feedback for later editions.
I love the yearly planner at the front. Perfect for quickly jotting down dates and holidays. It’s good to see the year as a whole in front of you, when planning things.
This is an example of one of the activities I saying about earlier. A really cute and useful addition to the planner. They help you to be more active, mentally as well as physically. The little drawings are adorable!
Each month has activities on a different theme. The month for May is the “Ground” theme and next month it’s “Play”. The activities are fun! This week’s activity is called Waking up your feet!. I love the little facts  and quotes included on the daily diary pages.
I have had the planner now for a few weeks and in the photo below shows you how I m using my Stick To Stigu planner. I love to tick bits off when completed. It shows me that I have achieved something that day – hard when you have a young baby who constantly wants your attention!
Alongside each week there is a page for notes and weekly to-do lists. At the back of the planner is plenty of blank pages for extra notes and a 2017 yearly planner to jot down plns for next year.
I bought some really cool Reminder Stickers off Amazon that I just add where I see fit in the planner. There are all sorts of stickers for appointments, birthdays, housework, school holidays and dentist and doctor appointments as well as many others. You get 7 sheets of them in the pack.

You can find the Stigu Planner at SticktoStigu and follow them on Twitter
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 These stickers are the ones I bought over at Amazon.


     You can pop over to Amazon and buy this planner now.



Disclosure: I was  given this planner to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am a part of the Amazon Affiliates scheme so if you click the link and order, I will receive a little back, at no extra cost to you. Thanks if you do. x

New Year New Ideas

This year is a going to be a big year for us in my house as we will be welcoming our first baby in just a few short weeks (or whenever she decides to grace us with her presence which could be tomorrow for all I know!)
This has given me some time to start putting alot more effort into my blog before baby girl arrives. So I dug out my blog planning notebook that I got when I first starting blogging last year, but failed to start using it. Now I have been jotting down some notes on what I plan to write about in it. There is something so great about using a pencil and paper to jot and brainstorm ideas. I could never get used to using note apps on my phone or even writing ideas down on a spreadsheet.

             
             

While I was catching up with some reading on one of my favourite blogs thereadingresidence I found out that they are doing a #BringBackPaper pledge. Which I think is a fantastic idea as these days everything is very much electronic. With Ipads, smart phones, ereading devices and even smart watches!  Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with electrical devices I have a few of them myself, but I love going back to just a paper and pencil, or holding a paperback in my hand.


So my #BringBackPaper pledge is to carry on using my paper blog planner for the rest of the year and recording my blog development progress and ideas as she hopefully grows throughout the year. Oh and to keep up with my reading of course! 

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