Back on the PLL Rollercoaster

I started to rewatch Pretty Little Liars in June, and I even created a Twitter thread to share my thoughts. It started as a little casual rewatch where I would watch a couple of episodes here and there between other things. Cut to a few weeks ago when I started binge-watching it very heavily.

I can now say with confidence I am very much back on my Pretty Little Liars bullshit lol. I was obsessed with this show when it first came out, I think I got into it around the end of season 1/start of season 2 because I did have a few episodes to watch. Once I was in, I was really in.

I remember going to school every day and talking to my friends about A theories, and I made quite a few YouTube videos on the show as the series went on.

Man those were the days.

And then the show ended and the last reveals and mysteries were honestly, just not good lol. The show had the potential to be amazing, the fandom was so involved, and yet all the show did was let the plotlines slide away in favour of the ‘ships’ and it was very sad.

Don’t get me wrong, I was 100% in it with those ‘ships’ during the show. I sure as hell shipped Aria and Ezra and everyone else…but looking back I know I should not have supported Ezria as much as I did. He was literally her TEACHER and it was hella inappropriate from start to finish.

And during my rewatch I realise just how much the show tried to romanticise it and it was WEIRD. Like even when we find out all the crap Ezra was doing like writing a secret book on Alison and everything Aria just decided “oh it’s okay I’ll marry you anyway….” very questionable.

But yeah anyway, even though I know everything that happens and have already been on this rollercoaster we are back.

I think the reason why I’m being pulled back in, is that the early seasons of the show are really good. I mean that Mona reveal was EVERYTHING when I watched it for the first time. It was so unexpected (unless you’ve read the books) and the actress that played Mona just done it so well. I loved it.

And this time around the season that is really grabbing me in is season 3, when I have done rewatches in the past I only ever really made it through the first couple of seasons, so this time I’m determined to make it the whole way through and I can say with confidence I will.

Season 3 is really grabbed me with the Halloween train episode. If you ask me, that’s peak PLL, there were so many reveals and Aria was missing and the suspense level was at an all time high. I loved it all.

Which is why now all I do is think about PLL and it’s all I can post about online. So if you want to unfollow me on Twitter for a while I totally get it, though I try to contain the tweets to one threat so hopefully it’s not too annoying.

So yes, this is where my life is. Obsessed with PLL and also trying to play Animal Crossing all the time since the 2.0 update launched and gave us all the new content. Aka I have reverted back to being 15 and I can’t say I hate it lol.

Baby Steps to 5K Challenge – Failed!

Well, we started off strong but then fizzled out and failed halfway through haha.

That being said I am really proud of all the runs I did go on. For someone who has never run basically ever in their life before now this was good for me.

Sadly though, halfway through the challenge I did get sick and so was not running for a couple of weeks and then I just fell behind. Got busy and could not complete the challenge within the time limits.

The annoying thing about Samsung Health, is that I couldn’t edit the running schedule to run on different days or move the program back to say “I was sick and couldn’t run”.

Oh well.

For my first attempt, doing half the runs in the program was impressive. I thought I would have given up a lot sooner. And who knows, maybe if I hadn’t gotten sick I might have been able to do the whole thing.

Now that this is over, I don’t really have plans to keep running this year, as we head into the winter months it is starting to get darker earlier, and as a female, running in the dark by myself is definitely a scary thing. With all the news reports of spiking and other things, women anywhere at night are not safe. So I’ll be staying indoors.

That being said, next year I think I will try to get out running again. Maybe if I start earlier I’ll be able to complete the challenge, especially if the weather is better (and I don’t get sick lol).

In the meantime, I will have to find a replacement for cardio in my life, not sure what that’ll be but I’m sure I’ll find something.

I’m Attempting a Baby Steps to 5k Running Challenge

I’ve started running. I know, I can’t believe it either.

If you’ve ever met me you know I hate running. It started in secondary school with the dreaded cross country – no one likes being forced to run. And yes, it’s healthy and we totally should be doing it but when you’ve just spent all day in class you don’t want to be out running in the freezing cold because you have to. Not a fan.

But since last year, we’ve all been at home and let’s be real, probably put on weight. Me included. So I thought I would try out running to see if it would help – and also I really needed to work on my cardio because it is non-existent lol.

So yes, I’ve started running. The first time I went running I just went full force at it, I ran for a good minute before my lungs were on fire and I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I think it’s important to note – I have asthma and I didn’t take my inhaler beforehand so that was definitely my bad. So I ended up walking home trying to catch my breath and also trying not to throw up because I felt so awful.

After that, I decided to ease myself into it because running is not easy. I don’t know how we all used to run about all the time as children because it seems impossible to do now.

I decided I needed some kind of guide because otherwise I was not going to keep at it and so I signed up for the Samsung Health Baby Steps to 5k program. Not sponsored, but Samsung hit a girl up if you feeling generous. 😉

So this is a program that anyone can sign up for if they use Samsung Health, you pick 3 days a week to run and the program runs for 10 weeks. Each running exercise consists of a warm-up walk, a brisk walking period, and then a cool down walk; each week the distance of these increases.

Something that confused me about the program is that the “brisk walking period” never turns to running – I suppose you need to walk before you can run but I decided to switch up “brisk walking” for alternating between jogging and walking. Otherwise, I was never going to start running.

So I first started this program in July, though I didn’t get very far before I stopped.

I decided to stop after a couple of weeks because my shins were very sore. Shin splints are not fun. And I knew if I kept running it wasn’t going to get any better. It would probably get worse and I didn’t want to injure myself further so I rested.

Fast forward a few weeks and my shins feel fine and I am ready to give it another go.

I have restarted the Baby Steps to 5k program and I have completed 4 runs so far.

I have also made a point to stretch my legs before and after running to prevent the shin splints from coming back and that’s been helping a lot. So stretching is important!

I have also been remembering to take my inhaler before running and when I come back, that way I don’t struggle as much to breathe when I’m running. Again important lol.

So far it’s been going okay, it’s definitely tough because I never did any running before this but I think I am making progress, slowly but surely. I am determined to finish the program, even if I don’t end up running the full 5k, if I can keep alternating between running and walking (hopefully more running than walking) then I’ll be proud of myself.

I have been keeping a Twitter thread of each run to keep track of progress, but I might check in here from time to time on it. Not sure how often though but there are still nine weeks left of the program so we see how it goes.

I’m not looking forward to running in the bad weather as we head into autumn though, so that will definitely be a challenge. But I am determined to power through and finish the program! Wish me luck.

I Finished a Notebook!

I think this is the first time in my life I have completed a notebook front to back. Minus maybe some school workbooks but no one cares about those when they leave school do they?

This is the notebook where I started my journal a couple months ago, it only took me just under two months to finish the whole thing. I started 1st June and ended 26th July.

I’m really surprised how fast the notebook filled up, but when writing everyday, with an average of two pages per day, you can see how it adds up.

It has definitely been an adjustment to add journalling to my daily routine, but I think it’s been good for me. Sometimes it helps to write and let out all the frustrations. Though I have to say my life is a lot less dramatic than it was when I was 16. And also being in a pandemic and not leaving the house very often doesn’t leave much to write about haha.

Also with this journal I have been using washi tape to decorate the pages, I think it helps to break up the days and also makes it a little bit more fun. I don’t do anything super fancy with the washi, it’s usually a strip along the top and the bottom of the pages but it makes it pretty to flip through.

Along with my regular entries, I have also been adding a few decorative pages throughout, again inspired by the girl on YouTube I found that does journalling/scrapbooking type videos. I like the idea of having a day-to-day kind of scrapbook on top of a bigger scrapbook for bigger occasions. It kind of helps you celebrate the every day things.

A page I decorated for my birthday

Every so often, I’ve also been trying to do a collage-style of decorating to break up the pages instead of the washi tape, I can’t say I’ve been super successful with this but I have enjoyed doing something new.

And so I have already started in on my second journal for the year, this next notebook is a dotted journal so it can be used as a bullet journal, but I have just been using it as a regular journal. The dots mean there is so much more space to write in it so I imagine I will be keeping this one for a while, still I imagine if I keep this up I could be through a couple more notebooks by the end of the year.

I haven’t exactly decided on how to store all my journals once they are complete, my boyfriend and I moved into our house before Christmas and it is still very much a mess, so for now everything just sits on the floor in piles around my desk haha. I will need to think of a better way to store things as we decorate and start to have some order to our house. But I guess that’s a problem for another time.

For now, I am going to keep writing. I don’t know for sure if I would ever go back and read what I’ve written, mainly because there isn’t much going on in my life at the minute. But I’m sure someday in maybe ten years I’ll take a look, I do enjoy reading my old school journal entries from time to time so we’ll see.

Maybe one day I’ll publish them as an epic life story lol. (I’m kidding I could never do that and my life is not that interesting. No one would read that, people rarely read my blog haha)

My Favourite Sticker Shops!

This year, I have really thrown myself into my sticker planning. It started as a hobby a few years ago but over the last few months I have really gone OTT with my sticker buying. It’s like once I started, I couldn’t stop and so I thought I would share some of my favourite shops!

Papershire

Papershire caught my attention immediately with their cute bunny character ‘Bunilla’. I think bunnies are adorable and hope to one day adopt my own rabbit so this was a no-brainer. This shop is super cute and I feel like I need a Bunilla for all occasions!

I have also recently bought a couple of journals from Papershire, and I can’t wait to try them out because they seem like amazing quality.

Plus, they are the only UK store on the list right now which is a bonus as I can order directly from them and don’t have to wait ages for things to arrive!

This shop also has a very active Facebook group which I don’t know is always a good thing lol I feel like people post so much just to win shop credit which is fine but also I don’t know how they do it. It seems very tiring. But everyone in the group is really nice and so it’s good to have a community where I can post about my planning addiction lol.

Once More With Love

Just like with Papershire’s Bunillas, I feel like I need a OMWL munchkin for every occasion. These stickers are of very simple design, but they are just so adorable I find myself buying them all the time.

These stickers are also quite small which I like as they tend to fit really well in any sized box I put in my planner.

This shop is Canadian, but I tend to have them delivered directly to my house when possible as it means I don’t have to wait as long as I would if it went through Stackry. So far everything has arrived safe and sound from them so I’m glad it’s all worked out.

Also Marg has recently been taking a lot of request munchkins so I am looking forward to all those new releases!

Wonton in a Million

This shop is super cute and fun and I have always wanted to buy stickers from them. So when I finally decided to use a shipping forward service from the US, Wonton in a Million is immediately where I went to.

The dimsum characters are super fun and the sticker quality is really good. I don’t know what they use but it’s kind of almost like a vinyl? It just makes the stickers feel high quality. But when you place them down, they don’t budge so you gotta be sure of your placement before you put them down.

I immediately gravitated towards the ‘Dimsum Crossing’ stickers though. Those are probably my favourites, because I love anything to do with Animal Crossing but they are so adorable and I have stocked up on a bunch of them. I just hope they never stop stocking them lol.

Not going to lie, I love ordering from them because the stickers arrive really quickly to my Stackry box because they are based in NY and the Stackry warehouse is in New Hampshire. Yes I still have to wait for all my other stickers to arrive before I ship my box over, but I just like that these guys always arrive first.

ScribblePrintsCo

ScribblePrintsCo has become my go-to place for FOIL. I used one of their foil bundles on a weekly spread and I am OBSESSED. So now I have bought a lot of foil bundles from them to use in the future, probably more than I’ll ever need but that’s besides the point.

I also really love the weekly kits from ScribblePrintsCo. Mainly because they come with so many boxes. I have recently become a very ‘no whitespace’ planner so I need a box to write in for everything I do. And there is no shortage of those with an SPC kit.

Also recently, SPC did a HUGE destash event where they were giving away these grab bags/boxes of loads of foil, old stickers and everything and it was amazing. You got so many items and it was basically like an early Christmas present to myself lol. So SPC is definitely up there as one my favourite shops.

Plus I am obsessed with watching Andrea’s Plan With Me videos on YouTube. I just find her voice is calming and her planning style is the style I have adopted as my own. So I highly recommend her videos and her shop.

Glam Planner

Elle, the owner of Glam Planner is who got me into sticker planning in the first place! 100% one of the first places I started to look into shopping at when I started using Stackry.

I have become obsessed with her glitch sales because I am able to pick up so much foil for cheap and it really helped me build up my collection.

I also think that Elle’s weekly kits are always so pretty so I have stocked up on a few to use later in the year. I have yet to use any of them but I am excited to get using them!

Elle also likes to do foil that overlays her full box scenes to highlight parts of the images which I think is cool. I have become a big fan of full box overlays so ones that are specific to a full box is interesting compared to a regular frame overlay.

Another fave of mine from Elle’s shop is the script samplers. I’ve gotten a lot of those during the glitch sales and I like that you get a variety of fonts so you can use more than one type of script in a spread and it doesn’t look as repetitive because it’s in a different font each time.

I also really love Elle’s YouTube videos! I’ve been watching her since probably 2011 when she made beauty and lifestyle videos. She hasn’t been doing a lot of planner videos recently, but I do still enjoy her current lifestyle videos too. Again, I find her voice really calming and I could listen to her do videos for forever. So definitely check her out!

Simply Gilded

Simply Gilded is washi tape heaven.

Honestly at first I just bought some to try it out. I don’t really have a need for it in my planning style, but I have started to use it to decorate my daily journal entries to make them more interesting.

Now I’m obsessed and can’t stop buying pretty washi. I am definitely buying it faster than I am using it so I need to slow it down before I become a serious hoarder. But it’s just so easy to buy lol.

I would love to find other ways to use the washi tape aside from my journal, so I might try to incorporate it into my scrapbooking or something too, just so I can really get the use out of it (and justify buying so much of it lol).

And so these are some of my favourite shops at the minute! I definitely have a couple of other UK shops I shop at from time to time but since I haven’t really purchased from them in a while I decided to leave them out. Though who knows maybe I’ll make another post in the future to let you know about them.

But for right now, I’ve put myself on a bit of a no-spend because I’ve been buying way too much lol. At least I can encourage other people to shop though. So if you are in the market for some journalling/planning stickers then check out the shops I mentioned, or even suggest some I can check out for when it’s time to break my no-spend – I’m counting the days haha.

I’m Journalling (Again)

I have decided to start a journal, again lol.

Like with blogging, I feel like journalling is something I have tried on/off over the years. And I was actually quite consistent with journalling when I was in secondary school, I kept an online one and I used to write about everything.

After school, it was harder to keep up a journal because I was busy and often forgot or didn’t make any time for it. So the posts got less frequent.

Then in an attempt to get back into it, I started writing in a physical journal and I think I went through a few notebooks that way, I kept it up for a few years but again, never as consistent as when I was at school. I think I wrote maybe once a week and I got a new notebook every year so I probably didn’t fill them as much as I would have liked.

Fast forward a few years, the journalling had stopped completely. I hadn’t really thought about getting back into it or anything.

Not until last year when I discovered Notion and thought about keeping a journal there. It didn’t last very long. I feel like I didn’t like the format there so I went on the search to find something else. I could have just used the online journal I used when I was at school but I wasn’t a fan of that style anymore.

I downloaded lots of apps trying to find something that I would like but nothing was for me. I don’t know exactly what I was looking for, but I just knew it wasn’t out there for me.

Then one day, I saw a Facebook post in one of my planner sticker groups of this girl’s physical journal. She decorated each day in a scrapbook style and she has has a YouTube channel where she would share all of her journalling videos. (See this one below)

After watching some of her videos and seeing her journal I was inspired to start a new journal.

So here we are. I had a pretty notebook I bought a few years ago that had no use and decided that would be my journal. I also would like to decorate it to have it be more interesting than just pages of writing. So I recently bought some washi tape that I have been using to decorate the pages.

So far I’ve been sticking with it, although it’s only been a week lol. I started it on the 1st of June because I liked the idea of starting it at the beginning of a new month, better than waiting until the new year to start anyway.

We’ll see how it goes. I do enjoy journalling because I like to look back on them. Especially the ones from school, those are very cringey but still nice to look at from time to time.

I was also thinking I should try to write more blog posts more often but I’m not really sure what to write them on. I know I always do book reviews and things about TV shows but I would also like to try and get back to doing more lifestyle posts as well. I just don’t know what to do them on because my life seems really boring lately. But I guess that’s something to think about too.

Though I think I should take it one step at a time when starting all these things up again so I’m not overwhelmed so we’ll just start with the journalling for now.

Here’s hoping by the end of the year I have a completed journal, or maybe even more than one, I’ll maybe do a blog post at the end of the year to show my progress and how it went. In the meantime who knows when I’ll blog again or about what but just know I’m always thinking about this space and what to do with it.

1 Year with New Horizons! | Plan With Me | Before Pen | 15th – 21st March 2021

A sticker filled plan with me for the week of 15th – 21st March. I loved this spread and using all the Animal Crossing related stickers, it makes me wish I had started an Animal Crossing journal or something but I know I probably wouldn’t have kept that up lol.

Sticker shops I use:
Weekly sticker kit: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittlePlanetPaperie
Glitter headers: https://www.glamplanner.com/
Extra boxes from kit leftovers: https://plannerface.com/
Washi tape/Animal Crossing character stickers: https://wontoninamillion.com/
Bunny character stickers: https://papershire.com/
Clear foil headers/movie night stickers: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheGingerCatCo
Movie marquees: https://www.scribbleprintsco.com/
Animal Crossing Script Stickers: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MacandGrayDesigns
Yoga Mat/Film/Script stickers: https://happycutiestudio.com/

5 Star Makeup Look | ColourPop x Animal Crossing

The first time I’ve done makeup this year and the first time in years I’ve used fake eyelashes. Since we are still not leaving the house, I have to document everytime I do makeup so someone sees it lol.

I had so much fun using this Animal Crossing x ColourPop makeup! It was great to play around with makeup again and feel glam, it makes a change from my usual pyjamas and hair up with no makeup look.