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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Out of all the shops in the city where I live, Typo offers the best range of stationery and homeware. Most of their items reflect me and my personality perfectly. I'm obsessed with their stuff! Since I'm on the lookout for new photo props, I thought I'd share what's on my Wishlist at the moment. I hope you enjoy reading this post!

1. 2018 Clipboard Calendar: NZD 19.99 || GBP 10.55
This would make a really cute prop for a start-of-month/end-of-month post. I like that it can be used repeatedly throughout the year. I also like the watercolour design on the clipboard and think it really suits the aesthetic of my blog. 

2. Mini Marquee Letters (10cm): NZD 14.99 || GBP 7.91
This rose gold 'A' would be the perfect addition to any blog photo set up. It's super trendy, cool and stylish. I could even get a couple to spell out a word or the initials of my name. 

3. Anytime Mug: NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
This holographic mug has quite a subtle design which is great for any side/corner prop. Mugs are fairly versatile props and can work with a variety of blog post topics. 

4. Confetti: NZD 11.99 || GBP 6.33
Confetti is a popular blog prop which I'm really keen to try out. I absolutely love rose gold things so this confetti will work really nicely with the blog props I already use/have. 

5. Manilla Folders (5pk): NZD 8.99 || GBP 4.74
Manilla folders are my all-time favourite background props. They serve the same purpose as patterned paper but are more practical and functional. The designs on these ones are super modern and chic.  

6. Shaped Candle: NZD 10.00 || GBP 5.28
This unicorn candle is absolutely adorable! It's such a cute design and your eyes are instantly drawn to it's glittery horn. This prop is simple but does the job well. 

7. Clam Light: NZD 29.99 || GBP 15.83
This clam light is so fun and creative. It would make a really good prop for a beach/summer themed post. The sphere can be removed so the shell can be used on its on. I think the shell is a really gorgeous colour and shape. 

8. Novelty Pen: NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
Pens are quite a reoccurring prop on my blog so I couldn't not include this feather pen on my Wishlist. I really like the look of this pen. 

9. A5 Campus Notebook (240 pages): NZD 7.99 || GBP 4.22
I love the colours and patterns on this notebook. The paint stroke effect is really cool and fits with my blog theme/design. It would make a really good central prop to capture your attention. 

10. A5 Mini Light Box: NZD 39.99 || GBP 21.11
Light boxes are great because you're in control of what sentence or phrase you have on display. This light box glows blue and has a pale blue border and backing. I think it would really work with the colour scheme of my photos.

Thanks for reading! What would you buy out of this list?

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Monday, October 16, 2017

In this quiz, we're focusing on seasons! If all goes well your answer should match up to your favourite time of year but I can't guarantee this will work for everyone. If you want to give this quiz a go, all you have to do is grab a piece of paper and for each question write down the letter beside the statement you think fits you the most. Your most common letter should reveal whether you're autumn, summer, winter or spring in terms of personality and lifestyle. Let me know if I got it right or if I got it completely wrong! 

1. If I could control one of the four elements, it would be...
A) Fire 
B) Water
C) Wind
D) Earth

2. When I wake up in the morning, I like to...
A) Open the curtains to let in the sunlight. 
B) Snuggle back under the covers and rest my eyes a little longer.
C) Go to the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea. 
D) Jump out of bed and get straight into the day. 

3. When it comes to baking, I know how to make the best...
A) Banana muffin.
B) Ginger slice. 
C) Chocolate chip cookie.
D) Carrot cake.

4. My favourite type of flower are...
A) Marigolds.
B) Snowdrops.
C) Daisies.  
D) Daffodils.

5. I can't help but smile at the sound of...
A) Waves lapping the shore.
B) Rain pattering on my window at night.
C) Leaves crunching under my shoes. 
D) Birds chirping in the early morning.

6. If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be...
A) Sydney, Australia!
B) Moscow, Russia!
C) Los Angeles, USA!
D) Tokyo, Japan!

7. I really like the girl's name...
A) Cora.
B) Elsa. 
C) Hazel.
D) Daisy.

8. When I was younger, I used to...
A) Collect seashells at the beach.
B) Jump in rain puddles.
C) Try catch falling leaves.
D) Make daisy chains at the park. 

9. If I could have any mystical creature as a pet, it would be a...
A) Dragon.
B) Baby yeti.
C) Phoenix.
D) Unicorn.

10. The next time I'm out, I think I'll treat myself to a...
A) A new pair of sunglasses.
B) A wooly rug for my room.
C) A cinnamon scented candle.
D) A cup of strawberry frozen yogurt. 

You are.......

(Mostly A's)
Long days outside, picnics by the beach, bike rides with family and pool days with friends. You're a summer kind of person and your adventurous, carefree nature reflects these warm holiday months perfectly. 

(Mostly B's) 
Lazing by the fire, drinking homemade hot cocoa and watching your favourite festive film on the TV. You're a winter kind of person and when the weather's cool you like nothing more than spending cosy nights in.

(Mostly C's)
Going for hikes, collecting armfuls of leaves, kite flying and finding pumpkin recipes online. You're an autumn kind of person and because of your love for Fall traditions, know all the best ways to get the most out of this time of year.

(Mostly D's)
Cleaning out the house, planting in the garden and admiring all the pretty nature. You're a spring kind of person and if anyone knows how to appreciate and share the beauty of this season with others, it's you! 

Thanks for taking the quiz!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

When it comes to study and revision, everybody has a learning method that works best for them. I'm a visual learner which means I find it easiest to process things through charts and diagrams however you may prefer learning through listening or reading. Even though we all absorb information differently, there are still certain study habits that will benefit everyone no matter what their learning style is. My end of year exams are coming up so I know that compiling this list of tips and tricks will be a good way for me to mentally prepare myself for the upcoming months. If you know you'll be undergoing a test anytime soon, hopefully you'll be able to take something useful away from this post!

Start With The Tricky Stuff
Always study the harder content first. This should get top priority over the things you find least challenging. Make sure you've wrapped your head around the trickier stuff before reviewing the easier topics. Most of the time, the more complicated it is, the more points it offers so even if you aren't perfect at the basics, you'll still have a very good chance at achieving a high grade. 

Try a Practice Test
Find a past paper or test and try to complete it under exam conditions. To make it as official as possible, set yourself the same amount of time you'll have for the actual thing and make sure all devices are turned off or switched to silent. Aim to have just your test paper and stationery in front of you. After all, this is all you'll have on the day. Once you've completed your practice test, you should have a better idea of the exam format and how you're going to manage your time when it comes to the real thing. 

Keep Your Notes Tidy
Make sure you have notes that are both legible and easy to follow. There's no point in having a book of class notes if you can't read a single word of it. If you're really struggling to make sense of what you've written, ask to borrow a friend's book and review the content by writing all the information out again. After you've finished, you'll have both tidier notes and a better understanding of the things you re-wrote.  

Teach Others
When you explain something to a fellow classmate, not only are you helping a person in need but you're also strengthening your understanding of the information being taught. Sharing your knowledge and strategies is a great way to see how well you get the content. By teaching someone, you're testing your ability to process information. If you can teach it effectively, then you can execute it with ease however if you struggle to phrase your ideas then you may not have a complete grasp of the concept just yet. 

Communicate With Your Teachers
If you're ever unsure about anything exam-related, talk to you teachers. They know the content and test material better than anyone. They'll also be able to point you in the right direction in terms of what to study and how to best prepare for the questions. Your teachers are there to help you so so don't be afraid to contact them if you're feeling a bit stuck. 

Thanks for reading! What's the best piece of study advice you've ever been given? Let me know down below!

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