My Reading Review Journal (ad-gifted)

Hey Everyone,

It’s pretty clear to you all by now that I have a love for books and stationery. This post combines the two!

As part of the Fiction Cafe Review Team I was gifted a gorgeous Reading Journal by S.L Grigg. I was so excited about this as a reader, trying to find the perfect reading journal is difficult because it’s hard to find something with comprises all the stuff you want to note. As a book reviewer I look for ones with a lot of detail and note space.

This reading journal was perfect. Each book has a dedicated 2 page detailed spread to dicuss what you thought of it. I also has a few little puzzles and colouring ages, a full index and a place to list you TBR.

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I wanted to customise the journal further and combine it with my love of all things arty so I decided to take the cover and paint it, along with adding some quirky ’emma-isms’ inside. I plan to add more as I go as well. Here is my before and after.

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The journal itself has space for more than 100 book reviews so it will last sometime and for £7.99 it’s an absolute steal. If you would like to purchase a copy or see more reviews on it you can do so here.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

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Family Fun

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Hey Everyone.

When I was recovering last year. I made a few promises to myself about the life I wanted to live. Like most of us do, we often take things for granted and don’t often realise how lucky we are with the smallest and simplest of things.

I realised that I wanted more family time, that I didn’t have to wait until I had the money for some grand day out. In fact I could make some great family days with little to no money because ultimately it’s not money that you need to spend, it’s time.

We moved in December and part of me was really sad as I loved Guisborough, I loved that the Priory no more than a 10 minute walk away and it’s a place that I have loved for over 20 years.

However, now we’ve settled and my health has improved ten fold we have started to be more active as a family.

I now live in a place that is 20 minutes by bus to Guisborough so I can still visit the Priory and I am 15 minutes by bus to visit a Victorian seaside town and beach and I am a 10 minute walk from the rolling countryside. I am lucky, I live in a pretty and scenic place.

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My partner had the week off over Valentine’s and we decided to not buy each other gifts. Instead we were going to spend the day at the beach as a family and that is what we did.

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We had such a lovely day. We went in the afternoon after Alexis finished nursery and thankfully the weather was great.It was chilly but the sun was shining.

Saltburn is a really nice beach. Part of it is full of rockpools and pebbles while the other part is a long stretch of sandy beach.

 

While we were there we collected some pebbles to paint at home and found some shells. We took a walk out over the long pier and had a play in the 2p machines in the tiny pier arcade.

 

 

 

 

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We then spent another day painting our pebbles ready to put in our garden which we are doing up ready for summer.

 

 

 

Here are the rest of our pictures:)

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x