READING GOALS AND HABIT TRACKING.

READING GOALS AND HABIT TRACKING.

One of my goals this year is to read more. I've been using Elise Joy's daily habit tracker (you can sign up to her newsletter to get the free download) and so far I haven't missed a day. New Year's resolutions have always been something I've struggled with. I love the idea of a new year, of fresh starts and new goals. I'm just rubbish at keeping up with them. One of my goals last year was to read more and somewhere around mid August I realised I hadn't even managed to read a single book. Not good, Emma. Not good at all.

'Big things happen one day at a time.'

This year I decided to try again and instead of setting the rather vague goal of 'read more' I set myself the task of reading for 10 minutes every day. I've been a third of the way through The Muse by Jessie Burton since last March and just couldn't seem to find the time to finish it. I know it's because I've gotten into the awful habit of spending half an hour scrolling my phone before bed each night. So instead of picking up my phone each night I've been picking up a book instead.

'Shoot for progress - not perfection.'
By reading for at least 10 minutes every night I've already finished The Muse and am onto my 2nd book so I'm definitely feeling motivated to carry on. I love that I can already see the progress I'm making and I'm not going to let the odd missed day put me off.
Gemma Correll Wallpaper for Papergang.
image credit // Gemma Correll for Papergang.

I've also downloaded the Gemma Correll wallpaper above from the Papergang Blog. I've put it on my phone and tablet and every time I pick up my phone it reminds me to grab a book instead. So far the combination of daily habit tracker and the bookworm wallpaper seem to be working but I'll let you know how I get on.

What things do you do to keep on top of your goals and resolutions? Any tips?

3 DIY'S I'D LOVE TO MAKE.

3 DIY'S I'D LOVE TO MAKE.
Happy Friday. I can't believe it's the end of another week. Where does the time go? I wanted to pop in and wish you a wonderful weekend and share 3 diy's. A clever braided hair-do, a treat yourself sugar scrub and the most beautiful hanging planters.

1. Brass Ring Planter Diy - A Beautiful Mess.

2. Diy Braided Scarf Hairstyle - Lana Red Studio.

3. Diy Pink Grapefruit and Thyme Sugar Scrub - Fall For Diy.


And don't forget, there's still time to enter and win this gorgeous Johanna Basford Colouring Book.

FREE PRINTABLE TO-DO LIST NOTEPAD.

FREE PRINTABLE TO-DO LIST NOTEPAD.

If you're anything like me the New Year always fills you with a need to tidy, organise and declutter. The only problem is if I don't write everything I want to accomplish down I'm guaranteed to forget all about it. To help you (and me 😉) out I've made a free printable to-do list.

Each sheet contains 2 lists next to each other so you get twice as many. Print them out and bind them together using this really simple method and make your own tearable to-do list notepad. There's no better way to get organised this new year.

CUTTING FREE PRINTABLE TO-DO LIST NOTEPAD.

SUPPLIES: Card stock // Printer // Scissors or Paper Trimmer // Binder Clips // Pva Glue // Paintbrush

1. Download the free printable To-Do List and print it out onto your card stock.

2. Cut each printed page in half using a paper trimmer or if you've got a steady hand fold it half and use a pair of scissors.

BINDING FREE PRINTABLE TO-DO LIST NOTEBPAD.

3. Stack all the sheets together and hold in place using a couple of binder clips.

4. Apply a couple of coats of Pva glue to the top edge of your stack. Make sure to let the glue dry inbetween each coat. I found 3 coats work best.

FINISHED PRINTABLE TO-DO LIST NOTEBPAD.

And voila. You have a tearable to-do pad all ready to go.

FREE PRINTABLE TO-DO LIST NOTEPAD.



FREE PRINTABLE TO-DO LIST NOTEPAD.

FREE PRINTABLE TO-DO LIST NOTEPAD.

JOHANNA BASFORD COLOURING BOOK GIVEAWAY.

WIN A COPY JOHANNA BASFORD'S IVY AND THE INKY BUTTERFLY COLOURING BOOK

The lovely people over at Ebury Publishing kindly sent me some of their favourite crafty books just before Christmas and this gorgeous colouring book by Johanna Basford was one of them. I thought it would be fun to share the love with you guys and give it away.

JOHANNA BASFORD COLOURING BOOK GIVEAWAY.

You may have seen Johanna's previous colouring books Secret Garden, Lost Ocean and Enchanted Forest but this one is a bit different. Ivy and the Inky Butterfly is part colouring book, part magical fairy tale.

JOHANNA BASFORD COLOURING BOOK GIVEAWAY.

It tells the story of a girl named Ivy who stumbles across a secret door that leads to the magical land of Enchantia. Ivy travels through Enchantia in search of her inky butterfly, meeting many whimsical characters along the way. It's such a beautiful book and a lovely keepsake to colour and treasure. 

Fancy getting your hands on a copy? All you have to do is enter below.

Johanna Basford - Ivy and the Inky Butterfly Colouring Book Giveaway

You've got until midnight January 15th to enter. The competition is open worldwide and the winner will be contacted by email.

WIN A COPY JOHANNA BASFORD'S IVY AND THE INKY BUTTERFLY COLOURING BOOK

15 OF THE BEST PRINTABLE CALENDARS 2018.

15 OF THE BEST PRINTABLE CALENDARS 2018.

Is anyone out there still searching for the perfect calendar? If so, you're in luck.

I know we're already a few days into 2018 but I thought I'd share 15 of my favourite free printable calendars. Don't let the date put you off, there's still plenty of time to download and print one of these beauties out. Who needs Google calendar? Am I right?

Happy planning.


1. Hand Lettered Calendar - Delineate Your Dwelling.

2. Printable 2018 Calendar - Priya Creates.

3. Minimal Calendar - Foreign Rooftops.


4. Free Printable Minimal Calendar - Dear Crissy.

5. The 2018 Calendar - Sara Woodrow.

6. Printable Hand Lettered Calendar - Gathering Beauty.


7. Free Printable Floral Calendar - Dear Crissy.

8. Printable Monthly Calendar - Alice & Lois.

9. Free 2018 Calendar - The Anastasia Co.


10. Free 2018 Printable Calendar - Little House On The Corner.

11. Free Printable Floral Calendar - The Cottage Market.

12. Floral 2018 Calendar - A Piece Of Rainbow.


13. 2018 Printable Calendar - Lovely Indeed.

14. Patterned Printable Calendar - Short Stop Designs.

15. Free Watercolour Calendar - Inkstruck Studio.