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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Bags of Love Personalised Gifts - Review

I love it when someone goes that extra mile to find a gift for me that is a little bit different so the "personalised gift" websites are a fantastic idea for exactly that purpose. When Bags of Love offered to send me a personalised journal my "stationery gene" kicked in and I jumped at the chance.

I have a favourite picture stored on my computer.  It was taken at Blackpool Zoo a number of years ago with our very first point-and-shoot digital camera.  I have always wanted it on a canvas but the quality isn't quite good enough.  It was, however, perfect for the cover of the journal.  It is a close-up of a peacock's tail and the colours on the picture are just amazing.

When the journal arrived I was more impressed than I thought I would be.  You all know I'm a Filofax girl at heart but this size of notebook is going to be ideal for note-taking at the up-coming Blog Camp and Cybermummy conferences next month.  The cover of the journal is hard-backed and slightly textured which, in this case, adds to the overall effect of the picture I chose to use.  The metal-tipped corners (front and back) are a brilliant idea as this will stop any damage to the journal when in every day use.  The inside of the cover is well finished too.

The journal is A5 size (145mm x 210mm) and is about 1 cm thick, so perfect for day-to-day use.  The 80 pages are a cream/ivory colour and they are 120gsm (for the paper geeks).  See below for the all important pen test.

pencil, biro, gel pen and ink
with the reverse of the page shown too
As you can see there is a slight show-though but I'm quite heavy handed with my writing and this could be part of the problem.  I don't think it is intrusive enough not to be able to use the next page.  All in all, I love the product.  It gets a massive thumbs-up from me.