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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

The Ultimate Gift Guide For The Stationery Lover

Do you have a stationery lover in your family but you're not sure what to buy them in case you make a huge faux pas? 

As "Stationery Blogger of the Year", I've had the opportunity to try a number of stationery items during the past few months and have also been on a journey of discovery so I'm happy to recommend presents that any stationery aficionado would be pleased to receive.

The Ultimate Gift Guide For The Stationery Lover - Gifts that any stationery lover would be happy to receive.


I've been working with Mustard Gifts all year and their products are themed into collections for a full-on desk make-over. I filmed a Facebook Live video showcasing some of their items a while back so take a look...

My favourite themes so far have been Rainbow themed stationery (awesome sticky notes and page markers) and the really fun T-Rex collection (check out the mini pencil case which doubles as an elastic notebook closure and the really fun bookends). 

They also have a tech section on the website which includes items such as a USB cup warmer and some very cute Unicorn & Rainbow fairy lights but my absolute favourite item is their USB 'bright ideas' lamp which I could use a bed-side light as I have a USB adaptor plug that fits into a normal wall socket.  

If you're looking for an affordable pen then you cant go wrong with the selection at Pen Heaven.  I have a three-in-one Cross Tech pen and a Parker pen from the Urban range (both personalised) however I'm sure you'll find something on the website that you'll love!

More personalised stationery comes from Rymans. There's a full selection of notebooks, prints and gift-wrap to really add that special touch. The also have a fab selection of diaries for 2018 (you can see my other recommendations in my Diary & Journal Suggestions for 2018 blog post)

Also, if you're loving a quirky print then check out the range available via Ritzy Rabbit. These are approximately A4 size so really easy to get framed. Also have a look at the rest of the gifts available on the website - I'm loving the "gym bunny" mug! 

I'd never forgive myself if I didn't mention washi tape.  Even if you don't know what it is, your stationery-loving recipient will adore it and know exactly what to do with it.  The first place to check out is Mrs Brimbles' shop. There is always new and unusual patterns available and they don't hang around for long. She sourced me some amazing social media and fitness style tape earlier this year and I've yet to see any more like it.  Also check out the selection provided by The Journal Shop and the aforementioned Mustard Gifts

For a more adult gift you could package together the Profanity Pencils from the EastLondonPencilCo on Etsy, a "Get Shit Done" notebook from Pocket Notebooks and the Sweary Colouring Books by James Alexander with some sweary colouring pencils from Little Row Boat.

And finally, if none of the above has inspired you then a subscription to a regular stationery selection might whet your appetite.  My favourites are from Spotlight Stationery (available as a gift for 3 or 6 months - my mini-review can be found here) and Papergang from Ohh Deer (available as a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription - view two unboxings on my Stationery Playlist on YouTube). 

I hope this has inspired you to buy that special gift for the stationery lover in your life.  Let me know what you pick for them!