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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

Summer Bargains At The Works

In my role as "Stationery Blogger Of The Year", I often indulge in my habit of going round all the local stationery stores and stroking notebooks checking out the most recent stock.


I wandered into The Works to take see if I could take advantage of their summer sale and grab some bargains to pass on to the grandchildren for when they go back to school and also to see if there was anything I could put away ready for (dare I say it... ) Christmas.

Summer Bargains At The Works


The Works is always a great place to pick up a few books - and there's a huge collection of non-fiction books - my favourites are always a good biography and a new recipe book - although I'm definitely thinking about picking up the "How To Brew Your Own Beer" book and take myself back to the 1980s when there was always a demijohn or two in the airing cupboard from Dad's experiments!
"...a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge."
Game of Thrones is so popular at the moment and there is some great GoT merchandise to choose from including a 7-book set, a Lannister book and character figures. Plus, what home is complete without a three-eyed raven?

If you're into the fidget spinner game then The Works have a whole range of spinners, cubes and sticks with demonstration vidoes, information about how to choose the best performing fidget spinner (it's all in the bearings, apparently) and a short history of how fidget spinners were introduced to help children cope with conditions such as ADHD and Autism by using their fine motor skills.

And there's always space in my life for a new notepad. I love the covers with quotes on and the blocks of sticky notes. Both are always such good value for money! 

Have a browse around The Works website or in your local store then come back and tell me what you'd choose.