The Village Witch Hocus Pocus Box (Mar, Apr, May)

Hey Everyone. I’ve been super slack on writing about these three boxes due to being ill however, the time has come to unleash all of this amazingness to the wonderful internet.

I am a big fan of The Village Witch, not just as a company but as people they are just amazing and so extremely kind hearted. It is such a lovely family run business that I am happy to support in any way that I can.

I have had 4 of these boxes so far since launch and not one of them has been disappointing. You always get far more value that what you pay for and everything is made with love.

Without further ado, let’s have a look at what the contents were.

March

March saw the theme of Ostara/Rebirth. These boxes are made to suit both those who are Wiccan and Witch and Witch many crossover elements.

Included in this box was;

  • A Rebirth Spell
  • Eggcup
  • Wood Pencil
  • Daisy Tealight Candle And Glass Holder
  • Charmed Bookmark
  • Treatbag Full Of Various Goodies
  • Handmade Ostara Oil
  • Phoenix Ambient Salt Magic Mix
  • Handmade And Blessed Ostara Incense
  • Ostara Aura Spray
  • Handmade Phoenix Ink

April

April’s theme for the Hocus Pocus Box was Beltane/New Ideas.

Included in this box was;

  • A Treatbag Of Various Goodies
  • Beltane Spell
  • Maypole Kit
  • Greenman Keyring
  • Dream Magnet
  • Friendship Bracelet
  • Offering Hands Ornament
  • Black and White Spell Candle
  • Pack Of Charcoal Disks
  • New Ideas Floorwash
  • Handmade and Blessed Green Man Lucky Rice
  • New Ideas Cleansing Salt Mix
  • Handmade Beltane Oil
  • Blessed Beltane Incense
  • New Ideas Magical Bonfire Burning Mix

May

May saw one of only two special themed Market Bazaar Box. Rather than having a specific theme as other boxes have this box was packed full of wonderfully random pieces to help build your stock and to give you some quirky witchy pieces.

May’s box included;

  • Themed Notebook
  • Greetings Card
  • Keyring
  • Witches Wall/Door Plaque
  • Bits and Bobs Tin
  • Incense Holder
  • Moon Scented Incense
  • Helping Hand Aura Spray
  • Protection and Prosperity Floor Wash
  • Handmade Practical Magic Oil
  • House Cleansing and Home Blessing Herb Mix
  • Treatbag Full Of Goodies

As always these boxes are packed with amazing quality items and the handmade ones smell absolutely unreal. If this looks like something that would suit you I would highly recommend subscribing.

Thanks for reading.

Emma-Louise x

Disclaimer – These boxes were provided free of charge in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The opinions stated above are my own and are not influenced.

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When Life Gives You Lemons…

Hey everyone. You may or may not have noticed my absence recently. Truth is I have been extremely unwell. In the last 6 weeks I have spent just over 4 in hospital having various operations and I am currently 10 days post op from a very major complex surgery.

As such my blog and life have been neglected and I’m just beginning to pick everything back up.

I’ve been re-evaluating things during this period, there is nothing like a quick glance at possible death to make you filter what’s important to you deep down and what isn’t and I’ve realised a few things.

I love my blog and it’s one thing I really want to continue writing, however, I will be adding the occasional ‘this is my life post’ rather than posts purely about books/writing/stationery. I hope you don’t mind, and those who do feel free to bypass.

It’s been a dark few weeks but things are looking brighter and I intend to share that with you. I’m chosing to make a Lemon Cheesecake with the lemons life has given me lately.

I’ll be back soon with a proper content post. Until then stay safe, enjoy life and grab yourself a slice of cake:)

Emma-Louise x

Changes Afoot…

Hey Everyone, 

Some of you may have noticed that I have been absent of late. Truth is I’ve been extremely overwhelmed with some changes in my life. So I thought I’d update you all on what’s been going on and what will happen going forward. 

As many of you know I have a sister blog Read, Write, Inspire this is where I post everything book related such as reviews and writing related such as NaNoWriMo. I will be keeping both blogs but you may find this one updated a little less than the other.

Aside from all the reviews I will be doing, I have also been doing Beta Reading projects for authors which has kept me busy. I have been writing my own novel and preparing for this year’s NaNoWriMo.

On top of that I am undertaking a Level 3 Diploma in Fiction Writing and…I’ve started doing a Masters in Law at Open University. 

I have also been asked to be a Board Director for the charity I Volunteer for. 

All these things plus raising 3 children and looking after a house as well as running my own business has been a lot to adjust too especially since it all happened within a 2 week period. 

Time to devote to my blogs will have to be less but I will still keep updating. 

You may find more productivity and student based posts on here as well as my reviews for PR Kits and such though I won’t be sticking to a schedule. I am aiming for once a week. 

If anyone has any tips on juggling the student and family life I would really appreciate you dropping them below as I can use all the help I can get:).

As always thank you for reading and your patience. 

Emma-Louise x

The Little Book of Dread: Journaling with Negative Emotions

Today I’d like to talk to you about the benefits of journaling with Negative Emotions. Quite often we see posts about the positivity of journaling. Mostly memory journals, project life and posts that always end in some sort of positive outcome. 

However, if you are like me sometimes life just feels really unfair, overwhelming or damn right shit. 

I have a little journal which I call my Little Book of Dread. I keep it separately from everything else and don’t write in it daily. When I do write in it though I unleash all my anger, sadness and hate for whatever it is at the time. I scream at the page with my frustrations. Scribble, swear and have tear drops all over. I don’t care. This journal is never going to be seen by anyone else. This is my journal of true and honest feeling. 

I am only human and yes I know it’s great to try and look at every silver lining etc but sometimes I don’t want too. Sometimes I feel like enough is enough and why me?

Everyone feels like that but not many will admit it because we think it makes us selfish, it makes people pity us. It makes us feel weak. At least that’s how I often feel. I’m a pretty strong outgoing person but I can only tolerate so much.

There are benefits to this sort of journaling. 

1) A problem shared is a problem halved. This way it’s shared judgement free.

2) You can be brutal and honest with yourself and about others.

3) It helps you to de-stress and feel less overwhelmed.

4) You can tell it your deepest darkest secret and learn a lot about yourself in the process.

5) It can leave you exhausted but in the best way. 

6) It leaves you feeling much lighter, like you don’t have to carry that burden around with you.

7) You can unleash your inner crazy voice, this is great since as it’s generally not appropriate to do that in public.

If you haven’t tried this yourself I would highly recommend it. The process is very cathartic. I’ve even gone so far as to burn the book when it’s full, and it really does feel good. Like letting good of everything that’s tried to break you.

Give it a go you won’t regret it. Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Geeky Girl Tag

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Hey everyone. I was tagged by the lovely Debbie over at My Chaotically Eclectic Life to do the Geeky Girl Tag. Now aside from my openly geeky attitude towards many things books and stationery I also have many other hidden geeky loves.

Let’s Get Started!

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?

My phone is my must-have tech gadget. I have a Samsung s8 Edge and I do everything on it. I write, blog, read, converse and just generally live!

2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

Ravenclaw! Was there ever any doubt I would belong to the best house there is? You can see more on my sorting, patronus and American house in a previous post I did here.

3. Who is your favorite Doctor?

Ok…now this is a major geeky let down I know but I actually really do not like Doctor Whos so don’t watch it. I was fored to watch it by my kids a few times when Tennant was the Doctor which I didn’t mind I suppose.

4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

Just 1? Can’t I have a dinner party with many of them? I guess my ulltimate fictional character would have to be Snape, he is probably the most complex character I’ve come across in a book. FAiling that, maybe Rhysand but that wouldn’t be for dinner hehe.

5. What is your gaming system of choice?

PC every single time. We have a PS4 but I cannot use duel wiggly sticks. I’m a retro gamer. Things like EQ2, Sim City, Minecraft..pc only.

6. If you had a super power, what would it be?

Invisability, then I could sneak around without anyone knowing, take a book and be undisturbed.

7. What is your favorite fantasy world?

This is a tough one because I equally love both Hogwarts and Narnia…Hogwarts in Narnia would be amazing.

8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?

Fae, most certainly a fae

9. Star Trek or Star Wars?

Neither? Though I enjoyed the Trek films, cannot stand Wars…

10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.

Supernatural

The 100

Comic Book Films in general, I like both DC and Marvel

Preacher

Harry Potter

11. List your top 5 favourite video games.

Destiny

Silent Hill

Everquest 2

The Sims 3

Tomb Raider

Thanks for reading and I tag everyone!

The Stationery Geekette x

Merry Christmas 

Hello my little festive elves.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you immensely for reading, commenting and helping me grow, I absolutely love writing for you. 

Next week there won’t be many posts, the last of the Planner Productivity Mini series will be posted and possibly another post I’m not set on yet.

I hope you all relax and enjoy the holidays. 

Emma aka The Stationery Geekette x

I’m On The Vintage Rose Studio Design Team!

As many of you know I recently became a free agent on the Design Team front after working with UglyBugDoes for 6 months

However I have been lucky enough to be selected for Vintage Rose Studios  design team along with two other lovely ladies, Rosie and Lashanna.

I will be part of the team for a minimum of 3 months and you will see a lot of Melissa’s designs in my planners.
I also have a discount code to offer you all. 15% off over any £10 purchase : Emma15.

Keep your eyes posted for the Black Friday deals that will run from Thursday 24th until Monday 28th.

I’m really excited about this opportunity. 

If you purchase any stickers I’d love to see which ones and what you do with them 🙂

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

The Versatile Blogger Award

First of all I’d like to thank Billie over at Billie Geena for nominating me.

I love these little blogger awards as they help to get other bloggers out there to share the wonderful content they all put out. 

So the Rules!

* Thank the person who nominated you

* Share the award on your blog

* Share 7 facts about yourself

* Choose 10 bloggers with less than 1000 followers (I picked Instagram)

* Notify them via social media.

7 Facts About Me

1) I have 6 tattoo’s, including a quote by Oscar Wilde down my arm. 

2) Before going to university to study Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Law I actually did Performing Arts at college.

3) My favourite genre is the 80’s – Fims, songs, you name it.

4) I still have and listen to my PJ and Duncan CD’s…Let’s get readddy to Rhumble!

5) I’ve lost 6 1/2 stone and still get a shock when I look in a mirror and expect myself to be bigger than I am.

6) My favourite TV show is Supernatural and I am convinced that I will marry Jensen Ackles one day.

7) I want to move to Canada even though I’ve never been there.

So there you go, completely boring me lol.

My nominations are :

A Beautiful Plan

UglyBugDoes 

Book Roast / Saturday On Wednesday 

Best Laid Plans

Plan With Hannah

My Chaotically Eclectic Life

A Life Lived In Words

Wonderfully Bookish

Sally Ann Made

Map To Mercury

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

6 Months To Change My Life – 2nd Time Around

Those of you who have read my blog before are aware I have done this previously too. There is a group that I joined just over 6 months ago for the first set of goals. The aim is to set ourselves goals and aims to achieve over the next 6 months that go some way to improving the quality of our life. We all share experiences,  support and sometimes when needed a little constructive criticism. 

I really enjoyed the last 6 months and feel I achieved a lot that I had set out to so it was a no brainer to start again for another 6 months with new goals.

This time I’ve set out my goals for what I want at the end of the 6 months and have broke them all down into monthly goals.

As of yet I’ve not drawn up my blog and career goals simply because I really want to have a huge focus on my home life and health this time. So I will update with those goals later this week.

I have wrote one primary focus down for October and will be using the tracker supplied in the new Carpe Diem. Each month I will chose a different high focus area to work on. I want to try and instill a habit over the 30 days so a tracker becomes unnecessary. 

So let’s have a look at my goals;
1) Be More Positive – This is a big one. I always think I am positive but I admit lately it’s to easy to get bogged down and not appreciate things that perhaps I should. My aim here to to write down every single day at least 1 positive thing.

2) Lose 2 stone and eat better – Over the last 6 months I haven’t been as good as I should have.  I really want to shift the weight. This breaks down to 4lb a month, 1lb a week so I feel it’s achievable. My eating habits have started to slip back into snacky eating too so I need to reign it back in.

3) Organise The Paperwork – Given how organised I am in every area of my life this is one area I am not. I have 3 months if not more of filing to catch up on. I must get this done and a system in place.

4) Be More Financially Responsible – The biggest part of this is to stop emotionally spending. I also want to start paying more off my credit card each month to reduce this right down. With Birthdays and Christmas over these 6 months I need to spend much better than I do.

5) Have A Better Home Life – This is quite broad but covers things such as: more time offline, more time as a family,  date nights, sorting Alexis’s bedtime routine out again. Everything that has been not great over the last 6 months needs improving.

That’s it for my main goals. I may have only 5 but there are some biggies in there.

As you can see from the page below I have wrote these out and put them into my planner along with the monthly focus tasks.

UKPA although set out originally as a planner group is about so much more. The help and support from this group of people is massive.

To follow some of the other ladies journey’s please have a read of these blogs:)

My Chaotically Eclectic Life 

Plan With Hannah

Ugly Bug Does

If you think you could benefit from this feel free to email me at thestationerygeekette@yahoo.com or drop a comment below and I’ll gladly gwt you involved. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x