Happy Cutie Studios – Mini Planner Sticker Order

As I have mentioned in the past I love my Happy Planners and all the amazing accessories that go with them. I adore scrolling through Etsy to find the perfect weekly kits and stickers that help me keep on track with all my tasks.
Around six months ago I stumbled across the ‘Happy Cutie Studio’ sticker shop on etsy and I am obsessed. Any task or activity you can think of, they have a sticker for it. The stickers are all in a Kawaii style with cute animals and characters.
If I need stickers I will always go to this shop first. The items arrive nicely packaged and are dispatched quickly.
This post is not sponsored in any way I just want to share a great shop with you
 
So I recently placed an order and I figured I’d let you guys see what I purchased.
 

Work Hours: My Work planner is the Big Happy Planner so these cute boxes fit perfectly in the side bar. The eight boxes come in pastel pink and blue with cute faces on them. I like that they run Monday-Sunday as they are perfect for people that work weekends or have shift work. They are adorable.
 

5-a-Day Tracker: I recently decided to take the plunge and go Vegan and these cute daily trackers help me ensure that I’m getting all the vitamins and nutrients by tracking my veg/fruit intake. These stickers are so sweet the sheet consists of watermelon, apples, orange wedges, strawberries and pineapples, there are five of each and 25 stickers in total.
 

Laptop stickers: I love these stickers, depicting a Koala Bear wearing glasses sitting at a laptop. I love how versatile they are. I use them for depicting work assignments and also for writing blog posts. There are 35 stickers per sheet.
 

PayPal Stickers: These stickers are for my business. I use them to record bill payments, payments received and loan payments. They depict a koala bear hugging a PayPal symbol. There are 36 symbols on this sheet.
 

TV Stickers: I use these TV stickers to record my favourite TV series so I don’t have to miss an episode. This sheet has 42 stickers.
 

Shave Legs stickers: Depicting a koala bear shaving it’s legs these stickers are pretty self explanatory. I use these to depict when I’ve shaved my legs, underarms and Bikini line. There are 36 stickers to a sheet.
 

YouTube: I am a little bit of a YouTube addict so I use these stickers to depict when I’ve had a video binge! 36 stickers to a sheet.
 

Online Order Tracker: I really like these stickers and I use them both in my personal planner and my work planner. Each sheet contains 12 mini boxes.
The thing I like about these stickers is that there is place to record the store, the cost and also tick boxes for when the item has been shipped and then when the order arrives.
 

Halloween Countdown Stickers 2017: As I may have mentioned in the past we run a charity home haunt over the Halloween Season at our home and Halloween is the busiest period for my business so Halloween is a big deal in our household.
As soon as I saw these stickers I ordered them. Depicting little pumpkins with cute faces they countdown to Halloween, ending in a Koala Bear jumping out of a pumpkin – super cute. There is also a little kawaii ghost and spider sticker. I think I may order another two sheets of these so I can have them in all of my planners! I love them!
 
If you are a planner or just love cute little stickers I highly recommend this shop they are amazing. The owner is super friendly and very approachable not to mention very talented. I always look to see if there are any new designs available as I just want to collect them all! I will certainly be placing a new order soon.
Happy Cutie Studio store can be found linked below:
 
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HappyCutieStudio?ref=l2-shopheader-name
 
 
Let me know if there are any Etsy planner stores that I need to check out.
 
The Secret Girly Girl
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Let your books do the talking!

As you have probably seen on my blog I am an avid reader. But when I’m busy with work I don’t always have time to sit down for a couple of hours and read a book. So in February I decided to sign up to Audible so that I could listen to books while I commute to work and also while I’m working.
Audiobooks by nature are pretty expensive, and you are normally looking at paying around £19.99 for a recent audiobook in the current book chart.
Audible offer a monthly subscription service where you pay £7.99 for one book a month. This may seem like not that much but many books can have a listening time of 45 hours while others are just 5 hours so it is worth having a look and trying to get a book that gives you value for money.
Also Audible often offers you the chance to buy 3 extra credits (that’s 3 books) for £18.00.
Audible is also owned by Amazon so you often find that if you have the Kindle book then Audible will offer you the Audiobook version for even cheaper.
I have signed up to www.bookbub.com and they send you emails everyday letting you know what books are either on offer or are free on the kindle store.
So I’ll get the book for free on kindle and then just buy the Audiobook for a couple of pounds – there are plenty of ways to get cheaper audiobooks, they also offer a 30 Day free trial too so you get your first book for free and only get charged for your second book after 30 days.
I am really enjoying listening to a variety of books while on the go and it helps the work day pass quicker. I wanted to let you know what I’ve been listening to for the last few months so here are my top picks…

 
The Bride of Casa Dracula – Book 3 of The Casa Dracula Series
Length: 8hrs 1min
Plot: Milagro de los Santos is marrying the man of her dreams – he just happens to be a vampire. As the plans for the wedding are coming together Milagro has to navigate various obstacles from an over zealous friend to the ancient vampire council – will she ever get to marry Oswald?
Thoughts: I have read the first two books on Kindle and really enjoyed them. I had this on kindle but decided to get the audio version and really enjoyed it. I would say this is supernatural chick-lit but is lighthearted and well written.
Rating: 7/10

 
Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper: Ellie Jordan Book 1
Length: 8hrs 19mins
Plot: Ellie Jordan is a paranormal exterminator, her job is to release earthbound spirits into the hereafter. She comes across an evil ghost and soon realizes maybe she has bitten off more than she can chew.
Thoughts: This is a great book for fans of the paranormal. I liked this book so much that I have already purchased the Audio Book for book 2.
Rating: 8/10
 

The Housewife Assassin’s Hand Book – Book 1.
Length: 5hrs 59mins
Plot: Donna stones husband is killed in cold blood hours after she has given birth.
Donna becomes an undercover (assassin) housewife hell bent on avenging her dead husband.
Plot: This book was so well written, I enjoyed the mix of comedic moments with tense situations. I will definitely be getting more books in this series.
Rating: 8/10
 

Rosecliff Manor Haunting – Addison Lockhart: Book 2
Length: 5hrs 1min
Plot: Addison is a paranormal investigator with a sixth sense. When she becomes haunted by dreams of Vivian & Grace, twin girls who met their demise nearly 40 years earlier, Addison becomes embroiled in the mysteries of Rosecliff Manor.
Addison comes face to face with something much darker than she could have ever expected, can she save the souls of the little girls?
Thoughts: I had read Book 1 in this series and loved it so I knew that there was a high chance I’d enjoy this too. I loved it. I will be getting more in this series in the near future.
Rating: 9/10
 

Single Woman Seeks Revenge – By Tracy Bloom
Length: 8hrs 36mins
Plot: Suzie is an Agony aunt for a magazine, when she is cruelly dumped by text.
She decides to tell the women who write to her exactly what they should be doing to those who treat them mean. Soon Suzie is on a mission to take her revenge against her old flames that have done her wrong. But will she get so caught up in revenge that she won’t see that true love has been right in front of her all along?
Thoughts: I loved this book. It’s a must for any fan of Bridget Jones.  A funny rollercoaster that leaves you with the warm fuzzies.
Rating: 9/10
 

My Not so perfect life – Sophie Kinsella
Length: 11hrs 58mins
Plot: Katie moves to London to become a highflying executive only to find that once she gets there London isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Working for Demeter the boss who has everything. Style, a high powered job, a loving family and the respect of her peers. Suddenly Katie is fired and she has to go back home, her tail between her legs. She begins working for her father on his Glamping venture. When Demeter comes to stay Katie disguises herself to get close to her, But is Demeter’s life really all that wonderful?
Thoughts: Written by the woman who brought us Confessions of a shopaholic this was everything I hoped it would be. Funny, cringe worthy and heart warming in equal measure. I couldn’t turn it off!
Rating: 10/10
 
I am loving listening to books I wouldn’t necessarily read, but are great for getting through the work week! I have downloaded a number of other audiobooks so I will do a Part two soon. What books are you currently reading?  Let me know!
 
The Secret Girly Girl
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Southport Food & Drink festival 

At the weekend there was a Food & Drink festival in Southport so my partner and I went to check it out.


It was a great day out, there were so many stalls selling products ranging from Olives and sun blushed tomatoes to Cold Pressed Olive oil and Thai spices.


One of the vendors, Rose Cottage Liqueurs had some amazing flavoured Gin Liqueurs. My favourite flavour was the Rhubarb & Rose Haw, which would go perfectly with Prossecco.


Another company Riverside Gin Liqueur had bottles of Passion fruit Vodka which when added to Prossecco would make an instant Porn star Martini.


Riverside Organic Farms had a booth so of course I headed straight there.



Riverside are purveyors of Organic Fruit, Veg & meat boxes based in Lancashire.

I wanted to take a look at their boxes and compare them to Abel & Cole my current Veg Box provider.


They offer a number of options which I photographed so I will pop that below.


 I opted for their Bumper Veg Box which contains around 12 items of Veg for only £21.45 plus free delivery. Which works out at just under £5.00 cheaper than Abel & Cole so I have now switched to Riverford Organic.


I will do a full review when I Receive my first box.

My partner & I didn’t want to miss out on any of the catering vans so we did a complete circuit before deciding on what to eat.

I opted for Persian Street Food by a company called Kababoom.

 I ordered the Falafel Flat bread, which came loaded with Humous, three Falafel, couscous & salad with a dash of Cucumber & mint sauce. I also ordered a side of Holoumi fries which were delicious.


My partner who is currently on the Atkins Diet opted for a Peri Peri Chicken Salad.


It was a lovely day and the sun was shining throughout. I will definitely be attending next year.

 The Secret Girly Girl

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A Long weekend away.

Hi Guys,

Last weekend my Boyfriend and I went to London for the weekend. Partly, for pleasure but mostly for Business. We were attending London Edge on Sunday so we figured we would make the most of it.

London Edge is a trade Fair for Alternative, Gothic & Vintage fashion. It’s a chance for us to see new product releases from our existing suppliers and also to discover new brands.

We traveled down to London on Friday and stayed at the Holiday Inn at Regents Park. We were upgraded to an Executive room for free, which was nice.

I don’t know if I have mentioned it before but at home we don’t have a bath we just have a shower/wet room, so when we go away I always make the most of having a room with a bath. Before we left for London I made sure that I had stocked up on Lush Bath products and the first thing I did when we got to the hotel was run a bath.

Friday evening my Boyfriend had made plans for us for date night but didn’t tell me what they were until we got to the venue.

chris & i smiling

Every time we go to London we always try to catch a burlesque show or go to theatre and he had booked us tickets for a Burleque/variety show. It was hosted in the Rah Rah Rooms which is a Drag/Cabaret venue. There was a Burlesque troupe called the ‘It Girls’ that performed with the fantastic singer/burlesque performer Tempest Rose.

it girls blk 1

tempest sing 2

The variety show also had a comedian, a magician, a contortionist, a fire eater and an acrobatic performance on silks. It was such a fun show and we had fantastic seats, the cocktails were good too!

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After the show we went to the ‘Angus Steakhouse’ for dinner. Unfortunately the meal wasn’t great. My steak was undercooked, the mash potato tasted awful and while we were there the waiters somehow managed to drop two lots of orders on the floor. The service was really slow too and they gave us the wrong bill at the end of it all.

Saturday was a nice relaxing day, we went for dinner at ‘Steak & Lobster” on Warren Street and had the most delicious steak & Ale pie – it was so good.

We then went to the ‘Grant Museum of Zoology’ at UCL. It was so interesting. They had lots of jars full of animal species and cabinets full of skeletons. They had an elephant skull that was huge, and a bell jar containing an Elephants heart that was bigger than a beach ball.

elephant

ellie heart

Cat SkeletonCow faceskulls

If you are looking for something interesting to do in London then I recommend coming for a look around, it’s free admission but you can give donations. You an also sponsor the exhibits.

After the Museum, I went to Space.NK to pick up some of the Oskia Renaissance cleansing gel and I really wanted to pick up the Becca Champagne pop but they were sold out so I purchased the Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder is shade Euphoric, which is a really nice highlighter.

We then went back to the hotel to relax for a little while and I had another bath (with more Lush Goodies). We went out for dinner to Fat Lorenzo’s Kitchen & Bar for a nice Italian Meal.

Sunday was super busy. We went for Breakfast at the Riding House Café on Great Titchfield Street. The food here is amazing and I highly recommend the French toast with a side of Bacon. I would say it’s best to book in advance as it does get really busy (we were unable to get in at all on Saturday morning).

After breakfast we checked out of the hotel and headed to the Olympia for the London Edge show. It was nice to chat to our suppliers face to face and we placed a few orders with new suppliers, which was exciting.

After London Edge we stopped off at the Ace Café, which is a biker café. My other half has always wanted to visit, as it is well known in the biker community (my other half rides a Harley). The ace café do the best toast by the way, it was so good.

When we left the café we drove up to Birmingham for the Spring Fair (another trade show) at the NEC. We spent Monday and Tuesday at the spring fair placing orders and finding new brands. It was very tiring but lots of fun. Come Tuesday afternoon, I was so happy to be heading home. We had lots of fun in London and Birmingham so I wanted to share it with you.

I hope you enjoyed it.

The Secret Girly Girl

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