Ten Gorgeous Mid Year & Academic Diaries…

Mid Year Diaries 2016 2017

It’s that time of year again gals… when school bags are filled with shiny new goodies & mama’s (like me) get a chance to enjoy the silence of an empty house, as our off-spring tootle back to the classroom. But’s it’s not for that reason that I get super duper excited – it’s also the time of year I go diary shopping *excited air punch* Yes, I am indeed one of the many that opts for a mid-year/academic style planner. As always the decision is a toughie from hours of browsing through a multitude of utterly gorgeous designs and layouts.

However fear not indecisive shoppers, as I’ve scoured the interweb to bring you a selection of some of the sassiest little organisers you’ll be proud as punch to plan with. So get yourself comfy and let’s take a peak at my mid-year top picks to suit all budgets…

Kikki K Mid Year Mindful Colouring Diary

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It’s so important to remember to take a mindful moment to pause and refocus. Take the opportunity to do just that with this unique Mindful Colouring Diary. With yearly, monthly and weekly pages, it’s so easy to get organised. Write down all of your thoughts, to dos and reminders on-the-go and use the mindful colouring pages to inspire you to live your best life.

Current Price: £24.00 now £19.20

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Busy B Floral Academic Diary

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Trying to balance two busy lives? You need an organisational genius. And hey presto! Here it is. This clever diary lets you manage two schedules side-by-side, turning your thrillingly busy life into a brilliantly organised one.

Current Price: £9.99

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Tiny Me Personalised Mid Year Diary

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Tinyme Personalised Mid Year Diaries are the cutest way to get organised. Plan your next adventure, book in milk and cookies with friends or document your extremely deep musings…

Tinyme Personalised Mid Year Diaries start from 1st July 2016 and continue through to 30th June 2017.

Personalised diaries come in 2 different sizes and allow you to select from 3 different internal layouts.

Current Price: £19.99

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Mint Green Lace Diary

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Elegant and stylish, this polypro mid year diary with a white floral lace design will add a touch of class to your desk or bag and keep you organised and up to date for the academic year. Diary runs from 27th June 2016 to 27th August 2017. Features include sturdy polypro covers, soft pink wiro binding, soft pink elastic closure and a mint green inner paper lining. Includes a plastic wallet so that you can keep your receipts, tickets and to do lists in! Also contains personal information page, blank timetables, yearly calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, yearly planner, international and useful information pages, deadlines and exam note pages, address and note pages.

Current Price: £8.99

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Amelie Turquoise Butterfly Academic Diary 

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This elegantly designed mid year diary from the Amelie collection is perfect for noting important engagements and plans in style! The hard back turquoise covers feature a pretty pattern of colourful butterflies complete with teal foiled detail. This day to page diary runs from 30th June 2016 to 31st August 2017. Features a jazzy pink zig zag inner paper lining as well as a pink ribbon page marker, so that you don’t lose your place! Also contains a personal information page, blank timetables, yearly calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, yearly planner, international and useful information pages, deadlines and exam note pages as well as address and note pages.

Current Price: £9.99

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Vintage Blue  Academic Diary

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Plan your year ahead in this stylish vintage blue mid year diary! The soft linen covers feature an elegant striped blue and white china effect pattern. This diary runs from 30th June 2016 to 31st August 2017. The day to page layout means that it can be used as either a journal to store your thoughts or simply as a diary to note your appointments. Features include a stylish blue paper inner lining as well as a coordinating blue ribbon page marker. Also contains a personal information page, blank timetables, yearly calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, yearly planner, international and useful information pages, deadlines and exam note pages, forward planner as well as address and note pages.

Current Price: £10.99

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Scribble Slipcase Academic Dairy

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This eye catching A5 diary which features colourful graphics and a protective plastic slipcase filled with white scribble catchy words is sure to make planning your year ahead more enjoyable! This week to view mid year diary runs from 27th June 2016 to 27th August 2017. Features include stylish rounded corners as well as an inner turquoise paper lining. Also contains a personal information page, blank timetables, yearly calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, yearly planner, international and useful information pages, deadlines and exam note pages as well as address and note pages.

Current Price: £9.49

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Kraft Gold Spots Academic Diary

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Keep track of your appointments and exciting plans with this stylish gold foiled spotty mid year diary on kraft. This day to page diary leaves plenty of writing space for your daily activities. Diary runs from 30th June 2016 to 31st August 2017. Features include a sturdy board cover, a pale gold ribbon page marker and kraft inner paper lining. Also contains personal information page, blank timetables, yearly calendars for 2016, 2017 and 2018, yearly planner, international and useful information pages, deadlines and exam note pages, forward planner, address pages and note pages.

Current Price: £9.99

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Tropicowl A5 Diary

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This cute and very practical A5 diary will help keep you organised. The flexible plastic cover features colourful owl characters on branches with the ‘2016-2017’ printed at the top. It contains a 12 month academic year diary (July 2016 – July 2017) in a week to view format as well as monthly calendars in handy lists, blank timetables and blank pages for notes and contacts.

Current Price: £8.00

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Slogan ‘Ziplock’ Vinyl Mid Year Diary

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This cute and very practical mid year diary will help keep you organised. The vinyl sleeve style cover features a silver foil ‘Two Thousand and Sixteen – Seventeen’ title in a cursive font and is printed against a pretty watercolour-effect background.

It contains an academic year week to view diary (June 2016 – July 2017) as well as monthly calendars, year planners, blank timetables and pages for notes and contacts. The handy zip-lock wallet at the back and card slots on the inside covers finish it off nicely.

Current Price: £7.50

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Can you guess which one I picked? What one’s your favourite? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by to say a quick howdy lovelies :)

Cheerio Chums…

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10 Tips For Blogging on A Busy Schedule…

Tips For Blogging On A Busy Schedule

As summer rolls to an end, many bloggers prepare to pack their bags for the classroom whilst the rest of us battle furiously with busy work schedules *sigh* In the midst of all this chaos being able to repetitively maintain a regular blog schedule can induce a few premature grey follicles (or) the increased consumption of nerve shattering caffeine/vino/energy drinks *delete as appropriate folks*. Trying to keep up with work commitments or a full time education whilst blogging can ultimately end up draining the life and soul clean out of you…. however, I bring tidings of joy in saying you can make it work & even mildly enjoyable in the process *gasp*

Naturally (as a responsible parent) schooling & work gotta come 1st. But fear not; for those of you searching for a resolution that doesn’t involve spending a fortune on hair dye or midnight trips to the coffee cupboard, here’s a few handy tips on how to keep your blogging schedule maintained and sanity intact…

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No Comparisons

One of the biggest faux-pas us bloggers are consistently guilty off is comparing ourselves to others… should that be through comparing content, how many times we post, interactions, design etc etc etc. Comparing your blog to someone else’s is incredibly dangerous territory and usually only leads to negatively questioning your own abilities. Keep in mind that what works for one person doesn’t essentially work for everyone else – there’s no magic blog potion or virtual wand, just you & your creativity so make the best of what you’ve got. It’s so much healthier for your productivity (and mental health) being able to find a realistic pattern that works solely for you, no one else! Trust me, you’ll enjoy blogging a whole lot better when you STOP comparing your blogging habits to others and putting unnecessary pressure on your shoulders. Reading other blogs should always be a tool to inspire, never to make negative comparisons by!

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Tools

I’ve said it a million times before & I’ll say it yet again – note pads/jotters/cute little owl patterned books are all an ESSENTIAL piece of a bloggers tool kit. It’s utterly amazing the amount of times I’ve been out and about when an exciting blog post has sprung to mind. Scrawling it down is vital before the idea vanishes once again into thin air – there’s a limit on how many mental notes one stressed out mama can take! Keep a notepad & pen handy and you’ll very quickly find yourself waving goodbye to bloggers block or a sudden lack of creativity.

Another essential tool is a calendar. Those ideas you scribbled down in your notebook… get them onto a wall planner or calendar/diary pronto. I personally prefer good old paper & pencil as opposed to computerised, but embrace whatever works for you. In fact, think of it this way: for a blogger who posts 3 times a week (which is a pretty busy schedule)  jotting down 10 ideas is almost a whole months worth of blogging material! Watching your calendar fill up with ideas and posts will make you feel super organised and help you to manage your time SO much better, rather than creating posts on a whim at the very last minute… having been shoe horned into it by guilt; which in turn will leave you stressed to the bones & zapped of all creativity.

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Write Opportunity

Yes, we’ve all got busy lives with school, work, families, socialising… etc. However between all the hustle & bustle of our everyday lives there are little snippets of time that can make a huge difference to help boosting the blog schedule. Think of all the bus journey’s, train commutes, lunch breaks, tea breaks, waiting on dinner heating in the oven breaks… it’s all valuable time & if we just utilise a few of those little windows a week to simply outline the foundations of a blog post or jot down some more great ideas it all adds up and helps keep your mindset as organised as can be.

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Short n Sweet

This is important for a couple of reasons – firstly it doesn’t overwhelm readers being swamped in a screen full of text & secondly it makes your job as a blogger so much easier. Structuring your features into smaller bite size bullet points make it much more effective for you to write and much easier for your reader to take in. It’s also really good to commit yourself to a word limit (particularly, if like me, you can waffle for hours on end) For example, keeping your features to a limit of 500 words will certainly test your editing skills & you’ll be amazed at how much more productive you can be!

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Guest

Not only will this give your blog a fresh dose of content, it helps drive extra traffic, introduces your readers to new friends & of course takes a teeny bit of pressure of your schedule. However to successfully invite guest bloggers onto your site it’s incredibly important that you:

1) Have received your guest bloggers posts well in advance to give yourself time to pre-schedule – remember the object of this is to take pressure OFF you, not result in chasing blog buddies for their pending features.

2) Stay true to the content subject on your blog. If you’ve established a reputation for being a regular fashionista yet start introducing a mish-mash of guest blog topics on: ‘The benefits of talking to house plants’ (that clearly bare no relevance to your own content) readers may get a little disinterested or in some cases disgruntled.

3) Make an effort. If indeed one of your blog chums has made the commitment to write a great piece for your blog the least you can do is support his/her hard work by sharing on social media & being quick to respond to any interactions. Okay, it may help keep your blog relevant and fresh in new content but always be sure to support your blog buddies or you might not get the same in return.

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Picture This

Okay so blogging’s not Instagram, we get that, but us readers are a nosey bunch & often devour a great post with lots of interesting piccies to look at. It could be a girls night out (or in), a jolly holiday (or rainy weekend break) or maybe even a few snaps from a shopping spree/day trip/walk along the beach. It’s nice to inject a little personality into your blog so readers can get a small glimpse into your lifestyle. You be amazed at how easy it is to write a few sentences for each picture which soon builds up to another fun post – voila, you’ve cracked the schedule deadline once again!

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Recycle

As time moves on & your blog evolves in size don’t forget to re-share some of your previous features that some new readers may have missed out on. In fact I done the same thing very recently by combining a few of my older posts into one – not only did my new readers love catching up on stuff they missed but some of my older blog buddies really appreciated re-reading it too. It also helped drive oodles of extra new traffic to various parts of my blog and was incredibly quick to compose! Check it out by *clicking here* if you need some inspiration on how to lay out a recycled post –  maybe you could do it with previous make-up looks or some of your favourite posts to date?

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Daily inspiration

Although many bloggers hit a stage when creativity drains and the dreaded bloggers block looms like a grumbling storm cloud in the distance, usually this is just a case of being burnt-out of fresh ideas to treat your readers too. However many of us often miss the great little opportunities for easy peasy posts that can help our schedules and keep readers happy into the bargain. For example:

1) A daily makeup look: Just set everything you’ve smeared your face in to one side & when you’re finished simply take a picture of the finished look and what products you used by laying them on a pretty back ground or desk top.

2) An updated what’s in my handbag:  yes, us gals love a good ‘What’s in my bag?’ as our curiosity never seems to dwindle with these topics. You could also try a ‘What’s in my make-up bag’ or ‘What’s in my college bag’. Not only do we get a quick peak at your gorgeous hand luggage but you get to run us through all the contents and have a damn good clear out into the bargain. A win win if you ask me!

Pattern

Rolling mercilessly from week to week, not sure of what the next post will be is heading straight for a blog crash in my humble opinion. To avoid, why not start categorising certain topics for set days… for example; Monday’s feature could be fashion inspired, Wednesday guest blogger day & Friday all about make-up & getting sassy for the weekend. Although you don’t have to necessarily stick to this rhythm I personally find it helps to eliminate getting caught in a rut or (worse still) running out of ideas completely!

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Peace and Prescheduling

You all know by now that Sunday is my marathon writing day when the opportunity arises. It’s often the one day where I pad around the house in my comfies whilst Emma plays in the garden with her friends & Steve is torturing his ear-drums with a selection of questionable rock music. I however, am happily perched at my desk, flicking through my notepad filled with ideas & outlines… and considering that I’ve done most of the outlining on little breaks throughout the week, all’s left to do is glue everything together on the computer. Having those few solitary hours to absorb myself in scheduling posts makes me feel super organised and on top of my blog for the week ahead.

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Have you any tips for blogging on a busy scheduling? What works for you? Or, what’s your greatest obstacle when it comes to keeping your blog updated? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello.

Cheerio chums…

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