Archive of ‘Lifestyle’ category

3 years of Blogtacular – and why this year was the best!

I’ve been lucky enough to attend all three Blogtacular events, with the 17th/18th June 2016 event being the latest. I’d wrote a spontaneous post a couple of weeks back about the things to do post-Blogtacular, if you’d attended, but today I kind of want to take a moment to reflect back on the weekend and why this year was the best event.

So what is Blogtacular? I appreciate you might be reading this wondering what the heck it is. While I could recite what it says on their website, about “Blogtacular being the place for bloggers whose hearts beat with creativity to come together to meet, share and inspire.”, I’d like to add a personal spin to it. Blogtacular is the one day of my year where I get to step out of my day to day routine to really spend a day on me and my creativity. For that reason, it’s a real treat day and a day I countdown to. I feel pretty fortunate have that opportunity and to have something in the diary that I know will keep me happy and creative… plus a chance to meet up with fellow creative folk, some of whom I class as friends and others are most likely friends in the making!


3 years of attending Blogtacular - and why this year was the best!


I’d probably struggle to put into words what I took from the day, so for now here are my five reasons why this year was the best.

1. I full threw myself into it. What’s the phrase? You’ll get out what you put in? That. This year I booked myself into a hotel for the Friday night, instead of rushing to get there on the Saturday morning. That meant I arrived before the doors opened and was able to enjoy breakfast and time to natter to people in a relaxed fashion before it all kicked off. It also meant I got to go to the welcome party at West Elm. On the day itself I also made a conscious effect to look at the marketplace, go to the creative genius bar to talk to Allison Sadler and to do some crafting with the ladies from The New Craft House. I knew the more I got involved in, the more I would take from the day and it really worked!

2. Everything ran like clockwork. I mention this because it’s one of those things where if it runs smoothly you don’t tend to notice, but if it goes to pot you really notice. I cannot complement Kat and the team enough on how smoothly everything ran on the day; everyone was well informed, we knew where everything was and the timings were spot on. So, yes, I did notice and kudos to team Blogtacular for a smoothly running day, allowing everyone to fully relax.

3. Fantastic speakers. Every year Blogtacular pull it out of the bag with a fab line up of speakers, and every year I wonder how they’ll top it next time. Lisa Congdon‘s keynote speech made me really think about what I was expected to do in life vs. what I really want to do, Kate at A Playful Day made me step back and give thought to telling a story and Laura at Superlatively Rude made me think about my writing and how I could been a bit more bold like Laura. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

4. A real sense of community and friendship. A friend recently told me about a blogging event she went to where she ended up having lunch on her own because no one talked to her. I was shocked. Hand on heart, I could never imagine that happening at Blogtacular. Everyone is friendly and looking out for each other. If you end up standing on your own, it won’t be for too long before someone comes over to say hello, and if you go to a talk on your own you’ll be talking to the person sitting next to you in no time.

5. Space and time to talk, chill, eat and be inspired! Going to an event like Blogtacular can be a big deal. Being in a room with lots of people who you’re perhaps intimidated by, or simply don’t know, can be quite nerve wracking, but the environment for Blogtacular was spacious, with teas, coffees etc. on tap and several breaks where you could fuel up on food and drink (including an incredibly delicious lunch!). In my opinion, having space eases nerves and allows you to break away if you just need a five minute breather.

A huge thank you to Kat and team Blogtacular for a wonderful day! And a big hello to all the Blogtacular attendees!

Leanne x

Email | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

Photo credit: A big thank you to Mollie Makes and Will Ireland for the photo used in this post.

The year in books – July 2016

As we approach the end of June I thought I’d reflect on what I’ve read this month. Back at the end of 2015 I set myself a goal to read at least one book a month – joining in with Circle of Pine Tree’s the year in books. I love reading and loved it growing up, but as an adult I so rarely make the time for it in my life that it deserves. I figured that if I was accountable to others, or able to join in with people on social media, it might encourage me to shoot for one read a month. A book a month wouldn’t be a lot to some, but to me to get into that regular routine is so important.

My reading has slowed a bit since the winter months, but I’m still reaching my one a month target. I do find that as my reading time is mainly just before I go to sleep, I do benefit from having a read on a Saturday/Sunday morning to help me get stuck into a book – otherwise it’s a bit disconnected and I’ll read no more than about five pages before I’m asleep! When do you find is the best time to read?


The year in books - July 2016 - This Little Space of Mine


So before I talk about Better than Before, here’s how I got on with June’s read.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I steamed through The Happiness Project in the space of a week, which is always testament to how much I enjoyed it. Yes, I’d re-read it, but this time I feel like I took so much more from it and will keep with me some of the guiding points. When I read it in 2012 I’d put post-it notes throughout and most of these were around friendship and buying happiness, yet this time round what grabbed me more was about enjoying passions, relationships and handling day to day tasks. Four years on and I’m now a homeowner in a long standing relationship, so it’s good that I can still relate and take something from this read. It’s written in an easy-read kind of way which makes it accessible to all and I like the little honest snippets into her life and family. I liked it so much I ordered her newest book, Better than Before

July’s book choice

I’ve already made a start on this, but July’s read is going to be Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before. This book is all about forming habits to have a better life and I’m hoping it’ll help me eat better and plan my meals more successfully. I’m so much more likely to eat better if I plan ahead and get myself organised, but I’ve tried and failed on many occasions to do it. Hoping Gretchen will save the day!

Have you read anything you loved recently? I hope my monthly posts on what I’m reading are inspiring you to read more. Don’t forget to catch the #theyearinbooks hashtag over on Instagram! I’ll be taking the month out in August, but plan to be back in blog land in September with a review and update of what I’ve been reading. No doubt I’ll be sharing on Instagram too!

Leanne x

Email | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

California road trip: 2 days in LA

Hello, how are you? Have you ever been on a “big holiday”? One that’s stayed with you long after it’s passed, with regular reminders and smiles about the time you had away? Our trip to California in April 2015 was most definitely that, yet we returned and moved house within a few weeks of returning… with the house move and logistics of being home owners taking over our lives. It feels like the house move stole California’s thunder; we didn’t have time to stop, remember, put photos in albums, bore our friends with stories or time to frame prints we picked up. I’m definitely not complaining – we were incredibly fortunate to be able to do both things in quick succession – but in today’s post I want to take a moment out to remember a few days of our trip. The time we spent in LA. I’ve talked a bit about our time in San Francisco, Yosemite and Carmel/Monterey Bay already, so do have a read of those posts too. I’ve still got a few more stories to tell… but these are most definitely just the tip of the iceberg.

I’ve broken it down into where we stayed, what we did, where we ate and our overall impression. If you’re due to go to LA soon, or planning a trip, I’d be happy to answer any questions this post might not cover so do email me. I love talking about California and would be only too happy to help.


California road trip: LA. Top tips on where we stayed, where we ate, what we did and more! Post via This Little Space of Mine


Where we stayed

We were incredibly lucky to have a relative in LA, Stu’s uncle, who we stayed with. It was a welcome break from hotels and felt like a little piece of home; he cooked us a BBQ, we used his washing machine and sat on his sofa one night drinking wine and watching Frasier. When you’re away from home it’s things like that you don’t even realise you miss and, as our time in LA was smack bang in the middle of our road trip, I’d like to think it helped re-charge our batteries. Stu’s uncle lives near the Balboa Pier, which is south of the city, near Newport Beach.

Where we ate
  • Dinner: The Albright, Santa Monica Pier. Driving from San Simeon, Santa Monica and a bit of Venice beach was our first stop. The Albright is just on the pier, looked empty yet served the best lobster rolls with fries. It didn’t feel like too much of a tourist trap and oh man, the food was delicious!
  • Lunch: Ruby’s Diner, Balboa Pier. After a morning of bike riding through the neighbourhood and along the beach, a good old burger and milkshake was just what we all needed. This was a real highlight of our stay; the location was just gorgeous.
  • Lunch: McDonald’s, Hollywood Boulevard. For shame, I know. Kind of felt like we needed to have one McDonalds meal and Hollywood a good spot for it. Pretty horrifying to see someone put extra sugar in a large coke, eeek.
  • Dinner: Live Basil Pizza, Downton LA. You know that feeling when you know you’ve eaten badly for too long and your body craves something healthy? That. So at Live Basil Pizza we stopped and had a salad and felt a million times better for it.


California road trip: LA. Top tips on where we stayed, where we ate, what we did and more! Post via This Little Space of Mine


What we did

Of course there are millions of things to do in LA, and so much more we know we could’ve done, but we knew with this holiday it was a quick stop at each location and that we’d make the best of the time we had. Being with family allowed us to also take some time out and enjoy home comforts and quality time together. We also managed to do the following…

  • Explored Santa Monica. Our first stop in LA after a long day of travelling and we walked along the beach and walked the pier. We both said we’d have liked more time there; it seemed like a pretty chilled part of the city and a place I could see us going back to one day. We parked there for $12 and, while it is a little touristy, didn’t feel too bad. Plus it was about 5/6pm we were there, so the sun was beginning to go down after a hot day.
  • Rode bikes along Newport Beach. Stu’s uncle is a keen cyclist and we had great fun riding around the local area and along the beach. It gave us a great feel for the area and there was something so happy about riding a bike in the sunshine in a beautiful location, even if we did get a little sun burnt – oops!
  • Drove up to Griffith Observatory. We knew we had to see the Hollywood sign and had heard a lot of good things about the Griffith Observatory. Once we were parked we opted to skip the usual “take a photo from this point” option and walked further up into the hills, which gave us a chance to see the sign closer, yes, but more so we got a great view out over the whole of Los Angeles.
  • Walked Hollywood Boulevard. I’ve got to say this was probably our least favourite part of our stay. It was exceptionally hot and we’d gone from the nice stroll around the Griffith Observatory to the incredibly busy, loud, hot and touristy part where it seemed the whole world and his wife was. Don’t get me wrong, it was cool to see the Hollywood walk of fame and it’s where I bought a couple of souvenirs, but that was it. It’s a place we’ve ticked off the list and will probably never return to.
  • Watched the LA Lakers play the Sacramento Kings at the Staples Center. On the flip side I’m so pleased we did this. It was at the end of a long day in the city and the perfect way to get a feel for “real” American life. Before we left for California I’d been browsing my Lonely Planet book and it suggested watching a sport, so after a bit of a hunt I found one of the last basketball games of the season was being played at the Staples Centre in downtown LA. Perfect. We bought a big drink and a pretzel and loved every minute of the experience. The atmosphere was incredible and I fondly remember the brass band playing and how much interaction there was with the audience – nothing like what we’d get in the UK.
  • Walked along Crystal Cove beach. Oh man, one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen, Crystal Cove feels like a little hidden part of LA that the tourists don’t know about. It’s probably so far from being the case, but it’s the feeling it gave us. So beautiful, please go there if you ever get a chance.


California road trip: LA. Top tips on where we stayed, where we ate, what we did and more! Post via This Little Space of Mine


Overall impression

LA was a mixed bag for us; on the one hand we absolutely loved spending time with family, riding bikes, walking, seeing Crystal Cove beach and going to our first basketball game. On the other hand, Hollywood really wasn’t for us. But we had to see it, no regrets at all, but it cemented in our minds that we’re not really into the super touristy areas and would rather see where the locals hang out – kind of like we did when we were in San Francisco. What made our stay in LA special was having time with family and being on the outskirts of the city – it gave us that bit of quiet and normality, a launch pad to then go and see the bigger things.


California road trip: LA. Top tips on where we stayed, where we ate, what we did and more! Post via This Little Space of Mine


Other places we visited on our road trip

If you fancy a look, here’s the map of where we visited on our trip. Before we went to California I also created a Pinterest board, with lots of ideas of places to visit – so be sure to check that out.

Follow Leanne’s board California dreamin’ on Pinterest.

Thanks for reading and letting me take a trip down memory lane, I hope you’ve enjoyed the post as much as I did reading it. Here’s to the start of a good week!

Leanne x

Email | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

5 things to do after Blogtacular

Wowee, what a weekend that was! I grabbed myself a ticket to this weekend’s Blogtacular event, booked a hotel on Brick Lane and spent a couple of days with a group of incredibly inspiring creative folk. It made my heart happy and I’m still buzzing from all I learned, the friends I spent time with, new people I met and goodies I came back with. I feel inspired to do more, stick to my goals, create new ones and… just keep going! Sometimes we can all fall into lulls, but Blogtacular will (and has in the past) 100% lifted me out of any slumps.

I’ve got lots to write about Blogtacular, and many, many thank you’s to say (Kat & co, I’m looking at you!), but today I want to kick off with 5 things to do after Blogtacular; this year was my 3rd time attending and in these past three years I’ve learned a lot about how to get the best from blogging events. It’s what we do afterwards that really counts.

So if you’re feeling those post-Blogtacular blues, I hope this post will help!


5 things to do after Blogtacular. Blogtacular 2016 has been and gone, but it's now the next steps that count! I've shared 5 things we can all be doing to make sure we get the very best from Blogtacular and all it has to offer! Post from This Little Space of Mine


  1. Write a list. And another. And another. Write as many as you need to. My list has consisted (so far) of emailing those people I want to talk more to, taking photos of things I want to share on Instagram (like our amazing goody bag!) and little tweaks and prompts I want to think about for my blog and Fred and Bell. Some of them are what I call ‘quick wins’ and some will take me longer to figure out, but this is the best way for me to keep on track and make sure I take everything I possibly can from Blogtacular.
  2. Make connections! Top of the list, just say hello. At the very least, give those new friends or speakers a follow on Instagram, Twitter and the likes, but don’t be afraid to send an email or a private message to thank them, continue the chat or arrange to see them again. It’s easy to walk away from Blogtacular, knowing you had a good time but doing nothing with it. What you do after Blogtacular is what counts, and those connections are hugely important. Don’t forget the Blogtacular Facebook group for attendees too!
  3. Write down those good feelings you felt. After the first Blogtacular in 2014 I walked away on this huge high, but slowly as “real life” creeped back in I forgot those good thoughts and goals I’d promised myself I’d work towards. After last year (and this year’s event) I always write down the goals, feelings and good vibes that make me smile and aim high. Putting them in a prominent place, like a notice board or on a wall, is a good way of keeping them in your mind too.
  4. Look up those topics and bloggers you didn’t know about. Did you have a Joey from Friends moment where you nodded along when someone talked about something you’d never heard of? Now is the best time to look it up and get in the know. Those little snippets are golden and will elevate your blogging/creative knowledge in no time. This year’s Blogtacular has made me want to give Snapchat another go and I’ve already spent hours reading Laura’s Superlatively Rude blog after her FAB workshop. Side note: have you listened to Laura’s podcast? It’s my new must-listen.
  5. Share stories and pictures. Those post-Blogtacular blues are horrible, so scrolling through the #Blogtacular hashtag on Instagram and Twitter has kept me going and I love seeing everyone’s pictures and memories from the weekend gone. Say hello or comment on the pictures you love – it’s all about making connections with the things we have in common with each other.

Were you at Blogtacular this year? I’d love to say hello to you! You can pop a comment to me below or reach me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or drop me an email. I was the one handing out sticker samples for Fred and Bell – which were received so incredibly well (hurrah!). But more on that soon.

I’ll end with this post with a picture taken of me and Allison having a hug. I met Allison at the first Blogtacular and we’ve kept in touch ever since; I only ever see her at Blogtacular, but it’s always the best… she has the best advice and gives wonderful hugs.


5 things to do after Blogtacular. Blogtacular 2016 has been and gone, but it's now the next steps that count! I've shared 5 things we can all be doing to make sure we get the very best from Blogtacular and all it has to offer! Post from This Little Space of Mine


Let’s keep those connections going!

Leanne x

Email | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

Photo credit: A big thank you to Mollie Makes and Will Ireland for the photos used in this post.

5 tools that will help keep your blog organised

Hello! It’s been a while, but I’m back today with another marketing themed blog post, this time looking a 5 tools that will help keep your blog organised – all tools I use on a regular basis. If you fancy catching a previous marketing post, here are a couple of links for you:


5 tools that will help keep your blog organised - including Trello, Dropbox, Hootsuite and more! Post from This Little Space of Mine


5 tools that will help keep your blog organised

So here are 5 tools that I’m using to help keep my blog organised; everyone is different and has their own way of keeping organised, but these are all tried and tested and tools I use on a regular basis. Love to hear if you have any other tools you use and love.

1. Dropbox

I’d be a little lost without Dropbox. I use Dropbox to store all images and WordPress back ups of my website (which I do on the 1st of every month). I’ve got Dropbox connected to my laptop too, so everything is in two places pretty much. I have a folder for each post, so I can quickly flick back to an old post if I need to grab a particular image, style or wording. I pay for Dropbox on a monthly basis, but given that I use it for my personal photos too, I think it’s well worth the money. Definitely a great back up system that can be reached when you’re on the move; I use it sometimes to grab photos for Instagram, as one example.

2. Trello

I’ve talked about Trello a lot, I feel like I could be an ambassador of Trello (I would love that), but seriously I would be a little lost without having Trello there to help me plan my content, keep on track with deadlines and make sure I have everything covered in good time. It feels like Trello was made for bloggers and you can read a little bit more about how I use it to organise my blog (and life) here.

3. Keep

The idea for this post came to me while I was sat in traffic on my way to work. I quickly noted down the key points in Keep and off I went. Keep, or any form of notes app on a smartphone feels like an essential for a blogger. There are so many times, at the most unexpected of places, that ideas come to me, or I’m reminded of something I need to do. Keep lets me quickly note it down without a further thought, ready for me to come back to later. Plus, with Keep you can colour code notes, add them to folders, add labels and a whole lot more. Keep is also available on desktop.

4. Hootsuite

If you want to spread the word and attract new visitors to your blog, sometimes scheduling posts and social media updates is the best way – especially if you have a full time job or a busy schedule. Hootsuite is one of the best; I use it for scheduling tweets only – but it can be used for scheduling Facebook messages and as a prompt for your Instagram posts. The reason I post Facebook separately – on Facebook directly in fact – is because you’ll apparently keep their algorithms happy by scheduling directly on Facebook. Anyone else heard that too?

5. Pen and paper

As much as I love technology, for so many things, you can never beat old fashioned pen and paper. I use my Erin Condren planner to note down the things I need to do, and would like to do that week. Sometimes blogging can feel overwhelming but by breaking it down into small manageable chunks it keeps it enjoyable. There’s something hugely rewarding about having a hand written list that you tick off through a day, evening or lunch break (if you’re like me).

I could’ve included so many more – Facebook, Drive, Slack, WordPress calendar are just a few off the top of my head. This gives a good starting point though. What tools do you use to manage your blog that you wouldn’t be without? I’d love to hear; love finding new web apps especially.

I hope you found this post useful; I’ve also got lots more ideas over on my Marketing and Blogging Pinterest board, so do pop over for further reads. You can also email or tweet me if you need a helping hand with any blogging questions.

Follow Leanne | This Little Space’s board Marketing and blogging on Pinterest.

Thanks for reading!

Leanne x

Email | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

Photo credit: DTTSP

The year in books – June 2016

Hello, I hope you had a good bank holiday weekend! Today marks the last day of May, so I thought I’d catch up on what I’ve been reading this month and what I plan to read next, all part of my 2016 goal to read at least one book a month, as part of Circle of Pine Tree’s the year in books.

I’m about the enter the sixth month of the challenge and I’ve noticed that my reading has slowed down in recent months. Probably because I’ve been reading ‘bigger’ books that take a little longer, but perhaps it’s also a seasonal change? Do you read more/less in the summer? It certainly makes sense that I’d read more in the cold months; though I’m looking forward to Greece in August – I always love reading lots when I’m on holiday and can fully relax.


The year in books - July 2016 - This Little Space of Mine


Before I talk about The Happiness Project, my choice for June, here’s how I got on with May’s read.

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

Another read I thoroughly enjoyed. The Year of Living Danishly, had my laugh, learn and stop for a moment to think about what’s important. The insight into Danish life is detailed and well-researched and I felt like I really learned something; there were several moments where I’d say to Stu “Did you know Danes…” to which he’d usually respond with you “you and that book”. While I’m not about to jump ship to live in Denmark, it’s certainly made me more hungry to visit there and I loved Helen Russell’s approach and raw honesty about the changes she and her husband were making in their life. There’s a quote on the back page which referenced the story being poignant and I certainly agree; those last couple of chapters are thought provoking and very sweet. Highly recommend this book.

June’s book choice

Having loved The Year of Living Danishly, as well as listening to the Happier podcast with Gretchen Ruben and Elizabeth Craft this past month, I’ve decided to re-read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin in June.

I first read The Happiness Project in 2012 when, looking back I’d suggest I was quite unhappy. Fast forward four years and, with the exception of recent events, I feel happy and content in my life and with the people in it. I thought it would therefore make for an interesting contrast – perhaps it’ll change my opinion on the book? All I know is that I thoroughly enjoyed it the first time round and took a lot from it – probably more than I realise – so definitely nothing to lose by re-reading. When I picked it up again the other day I noticed a lot of post it notes I stuck in it; clearly there were some bits and pieces I wanted to hold onto, so I’m curious to see what they were.

Have you read anything you loved recently? I hope my monthly posts on what I’m reading are inspiring you to read more. Don’t forget to catch the #theyearinbooks hashtag over on Instagram!

Leanne x

Email | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

The year in books – May 2016

Hello, how has your week been? It’s time to catch up on what I’ve been reading this month and what I plan to read in May, all part of my 2016 goal to read at least one book a month, as part of Circle of Pine Tree’s the year in books.


The year in books - May 2016 - This Little Space of Mine


Before I talk about The Year of Living Danishly, my choice for May, here’s how I got on with April’s read.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes there is a book that touches you way after you’ve finished the last page. All The Light We Cannot See did that, before that it was Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Both Second World War stories, but very different and unique in their own right. I finished All The Light We Cannot See last weekend and had a tear in my eye as I read the last page, staring at it long after I’d read the last sentence. A deeply moving story that’s written so beautifully; the story focuses on two key characters and the different ends of the spectrum of the war and the families it affected. I honestly don’t think I could write the words to do justice to this story, so I’ll just say it’s one I’ll read again in time and one I would recommend to anyone.

May’s book choice

So how do I go from reading an book like that? I figured going for something completely different, and probably light hearted, was my best bet. For May I’m going to read The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell. I’ve got to say that I’m quite curious about this book and whether it’s going to ‘change my life’ or just give me insight into how the Danish live; either way I think it’s going to be a good read and I think I’ll learn something. I’ll report back and let you know!

What are you reading at the moment? Keep the recommendations coming and hopefully we can all inspire each other to read more in 2016.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to catch the #theyearinbooks hashtag over on Instagram!

Leanne x

Email | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

Celebrating National Stationery Week – my 5 favourite planner sticker shops

Hurray, hurray, it’s National Stationery Week! Now that’s the kind of week I can get on board with! I’ve loved good stationery since my teens and I’ve fallen back in love with it again over the last couple of years, notably with my venture into the world of planners after I became owner of an Erin Condren life planner.

So with that in mind, I thought I’d share my 5 favourite planner sticker shops because… well… who doesn’t love stickers? All UK/EU based sticker shops that I highly recommend you check out.

Chocho and Mimi

A recent find, Chocho and Mimi’s shop is Kawaii-tastic and offers the cutest of stickers, beautifully designed, printed and sent out super speedily. I made my first purchase this month and it’s now a firm favourite Etsy shop; just how cute are these unicorn stickers? Plus my order arrived with a personalised note, which really meant a lot.


Celebrating National Stationery Week - my 5 favourite planner sticker shops - featuring Chocho and Mimi, Elliebeth Designs UK, Hello Petite Paper, Hummingbird Planner and The Library Designs. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Elliebeth Designs UK

The first sticker shop I ever bought from, Rachel’s shop is a dream and is going from strength to strength. Elliebeth Designs UK has a great balance of functional and decorative stickers in a wide range of colours. One of my favourite orders was the Planner Owls stickers – I love the colours and patterns.


Celebrating National Stationery Week - my 5 favourite planner sticker shops - featuring Chocho and Mimi, Elliebeth Designs UK, Hello Petite Paper, Hummingbird Planner and The Library Designs. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Hello Petite Paper

Another new find, Hello Petite Paper is based in Portugal so it takes a couple of weeks for the order to arrive but 100% worth the wait. I’m so in love with the pretty, feminine designs of the shop and I especially love the May collection I treated myself to. The stickers are so pretty I almost don’t want to use them!


Celebrating National Stationery Week - my 5 favourite planner sticker shops - featuring Chocho and Mimi, Elliebeth Designs UK, Hello Petite Paper, Hummingbird Planner and The Library Designs. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Hummingbird Planner

Another great UK shop, Hummingbird Planner sells a large range of functional stickers; and at a good price too! The computer and camera icon stickers have been especially helpful to me for blog planning and you can often choose if you want the brights or pastel colour combinations, so lots of choice.


Celebrating National Stationery Week - my 5 favourite planner sticker shops - featuring Chocho and Mimi, Elliebeth Designs UK, Hello Petite Paper, Hummingbird Planner and The Library Designs. Post via This Little Space of Mine


The Library Designs

Last but by no means least, The Library Designs sells a collection of hand drawn stickers that I fell in love with as soon as I saw them. I have the post and book stickers, but there are so many more sheets I’d like to get my hands on. Georgina seems to be growing the shop quite a bit, so worth checking out.


Celebrating National Stationery Week - my 5 favourite planner sticker shops - featuring Chocho and Mimi, Elliebeth Designs UK, Hello Petite Paper, Hummingbird Planner and The Library Designs. Post via This Little Space of Mine


Oh and because I couldn’t resist sharing, here are a few non-sticker shops/items that you should definitely check out in celebration of national stationery week.

  • The 2016-2017 Get to Work Book goal setting planner went on sale last week and looks great. I’m very tempted.
  • New washi tape store alert! I just love Cwl Crafts; they have a great, affordable range and it arrived super quickly.
  • I placed my first order from Basil and Mint this week and boy oh boy do I love the motivational stickers. Coming all the way from Australia, I’m so excited for them to arrive.
  • If you’re a stationery addict, I reckon you need The Society of Crossed Pencils pin in your life. Created by AndSmileStudio, I have no idea why I don’t have one of these already!
  • Finally, if you are thinking of venturing into the world of planners I recommend checking out UK store The Homemakery. OK, I’m biased; Kate is a friend of mine, but Kate’s shop has everything you need to kick start your stationery addiction.

Happy national stationery week! Enjoy!

Leanne x

Email | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

Photo credit: Chocho and Mimi, Elliebeth Designs UK, Hello Petite Paper, Hummingbird Planner and The Library Designs

5 happy things – 22nd April 2016

Hello! Hope you’re well. I thought I’d drop by with 5 things that have been making me happy this past week. The idea with this post is to focus on the positives; even if sometimes things may seem bad, there’s always a lot of good things around. If you’ve never given it a go yourself, have a think today about what’s making you happy – it’ll put a smile on your face.


5 happy things - 22nd April 2016


5 happy things
  1. Game of Thrones is back NEXT WEEK. Sorry not sorry for the capitals, I’m so excited for it to be back.
  2. Spending last Sunday afternoon with Kate from The Homemakery setting up our planners together.
  3. Raising £170 (so far) for Stroke Association for their annual fundraising month, Make May Purple, by crocheting flowers. Find out more and buy one here.
  4. Kikki K’s Vanskap collection. Kitty stationery will always be a winner.
  5. Booking my ticket to Blogtacular. A part of me didn’t think I’d go, but thankfully Stu reminded me about just how much I love blogging and the blogging community.

What’s been making you happy this week?

Thanks for reading and have a good weekend!

Leanne x

Email | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

5 common blog obstacles and how to overcome them

Hello! I’m back today with another marketing themed blog post, this time looking a 5 common blog obstacles a lot of bloggers seem to face and notes on how to overcome them.

Before I talk about blog obstacles I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to read the Trello post I published last month. I was so nervous about putting it out there and annoying readers, as it’s not really craft or home related, but the response was great and I’ve even got a few new people using Trello and seeing the benefits. That’s a huge win and makes the time I spent putting that post together totally worthwhile. So, onto today’s post…


5 common blog obstacles (and how to overcome them!) - Post via This Little Space of Mine


5 common blog obstacles and how to overcome them

I’ve picked and discussed 5 common blog obstacles below; these are ones I’ve come across or know there’s been a lot of discussion on. We all face our own unique battles and I hope this will help guide you if you’re new to blogging or been blogging for a while and are finding yourself getting ‘stuck’. I’m happy to answer further questions in a follow up post, so your feedback would be wonderful. You can also email or tweet me if you need a helping hand with anything blogging related. So let’s go –

1. No one is reading my blog, what’s the point?

I include this one because it’s been a bug bear of mine over the years. Ultimately I always come to the conclusion that you’ve got to be blogging for yourself. Yes remember your audience, but stick to your guns, stick to posting about what you’re genuinely interested in and your tribe will find you eventually (with a little help from self-promotion on social media). The point has to be it’s for you and if it’s not, perhaps blogging isn’t the right avenue for you.

2. My blog isn’t as good as x, y or z and it’s dragging me down.

Oh self-doubt and comparison is a horrible thing. We’ve all been there and we’re all critical of our own work – I know I am. But remember your journey and where you are in your story; the likelihood is that you’re comparing yourself to someone who has been blogging for a long time, does it for a full time job, has a team of collaborators etc. The reasons are endless. The point is you have your own story to tell; sure, be inspired by what others are doing to push you further, but don’t let it drag you down. If it is, stop looking at them.

3. I don’t even know what to write about anymore.

Have you thought about having a blog break? I did it last summer for 6 weeks (and plan to do it again this year) and it was a great opportunity to have a rest and re-charge the creative batteries. Sometimes you can be “too in it” to see objectively, so a break could give you a chance to rest, plan and re-focus. If that’s not an option, how about creating a series of small posts to space out content? Or there are lots of posts on my Marketing and Blogging Pinterest board designed to give content ideas.

4. I’m struggling to find the time to blog.

I work full time and totally understand this, but I’m always of the opinion that you’ll make time if it’s something you really enjoy. I plan/prep blog posts during my lunch break, in the evenings and over the weekend. I have to think about my time carefully and I’d be lost without my Trello board (check out my post on organising your blog calendar with Trello), my Erin Condren Planner and scheduling tools on Hootsuite and Facebook. Scheduling and forward thinking is key here, but always think about what’s realistic for you; I know I physically couldn’t blog every day (nor do I want to), but I’ve found my groove with 3 times a week.

5. There are so many social media channels out there – which ones should I be using?

It’s true, there are! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, Periscope, the list goes on! The best thing you can do is spend time on the channels you enjoy the most; while I love the idea of YouTube I don’t know if I have the time or energy to really give it the attention it deserves to produce great content. It’s much better to give the best you possibly can on a handful of channels then spread yourself too thinly on all. I’d definitely recommend setting up profiles on these channels (if nothing else, to own the username!) but pick a couple and work to build engagement on those and then expand if you feel comfortable. My favourites are Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

I hope you’ve found this useful; do you agree or disagree with any of my points? I’d love to hear your feedback. I’ve also got lots more ideas over on my Marketing and Blogging Pinterest board, so do pop over for further reads. You can also email or tweet me if you need a helping hand with any blogging questions.

Follow Leanne | This Little Space’s board Marketing and blogging on Pinterest.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a good Wednesday!

Leanne x

Email | Bloglovin’ | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram

Photo credit: DTTSP

1 2 3 4 10