Wednesday, 28 September 2016

EllieBeth Designs UK Annual Planner Meet Up 2016 | Lifestyle & Stationery

Last month, myself an another 24 fabulous ladies attended the second annual EllieBeth DesignsUK meet up over in Leeds. You may have seen last year's post over on my old blog Satchels & Pearls which shows you a few of the things we got up to.

At the plan meet last year I was introduced to the Erin Condren Life Planners which I'd never seen before. Shortly after the meet I bought my first planner and fell in love with the vertical box planner layout that Erin Condren is famous for. I picked up my second and third Erin Condren planners later in the year, and at the moment I've found planner peace with my horizontal layout. I'll be uploading a planner layout comparison of the ECLP's later on the blog.

The event was held at Patisserie Valerie in Leeds, and hosted by the amazing Rachel who is owner and designer of EllieBeth Designs UK stickers. Now in case you didn't know, planner stickers have become a massive thing in the UK over the past couple of years, and I'm sure I'd be right in saying that Rachel's shop is the best for planner stickers in UK. I've bought Rachel's stickers since the shop opened, and can safely say the quality hasn't changed, and there are so many vast designs available now.

I arrived at the meet up with the fabulous Beth from Beth Tinkerbell, and Toni from Plan With Tea and we were ready for the Afternoon Tea that we ordered. The staff at St. Paul's Patisserie Valerie are fantastic. They're always super attentive and provide us with an area at the back of the cafe where we can all geek out over all things planner related. The afternoon tea was 'alright', I've had quite a few that have been a lot nicer and this wasn't the best for the price of £25 for two people. I know there are a few vouchers doing their rounds on Groupon and Wowcher but in all fairness I wouldn't even pay those prices. I'm glad there were plenty of planners doing their rounds for inspiration to take my mind of things!

Rachel always makes the event fun; there were amazing goody bags, a table for 'swaps', and a raffle. I was really lucky and won myself a My Pretty Week tabbed divider page to fit into my ECLP which was really useful as that was something I was actually looking for to pimp out my planner.

The 'swaps' table was a fantastic idea this year. You had the option to bring planner goodies and stickers to the meet to put on the table and swap. Well I've been hoarding a lot of stickers for a good while and I didn't think I would get much use from them so decided to bring them along to the meet so others could house them properly. I did manage to pick up some HEMA washi tape and stickers, along with a few ECLP extras that I always find use for.

The meet overall was amazing. I managed to finally meet a few planner friends who I've been talking to on the Facebook planner group for quite some time, and in all honesty it was just like seeing old friends! It was great to put names to faces and make new connections. Above all though, it's always fun to have a look in other people's planners and diaries to get new inspiration! I know I definitely come away with a few new decorative ideas and a couple of new Etsy sellers to check out their items.

In-Tents Holidays: Getaways For The Outgoing | Travel

Beach holidays are great. You put your feet up, relax, catch up on missed sleep and let your hair down for a couple of weeks. But what if you don’t enjoy lying around in the sun? Maybe you’re prone to sunburn or heatstroke. Perhaps you can’t nod off on a sun lounger and get bored pretty quickly lying around in silence. Not all holidays have to be the ones advertised on television. Your holiday should be the best time for you. If you’re active and outgoing, there are so many holidays out there that you would much prefer. Here are a few ideas to get your imagination going.

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Yoga

This is one of the most relaxed holidays for people who want to keep active. Yoga is a brilliant form of exercise with copious health benefits. You will stretch out physically, becoming more supple. Your balance will improve, and you’ll eventually become more flexible. You will also relax your mind. Yoga can bring inner peace and tranquillity. But yoga doesn’t exist solely within the walls of the gym. There are thousands of destinations that offer yoga holidays. So where do you go for the ultimate yoga retreat? Well, Many of these retreats also offer spas. So get a nice massage to loosen your muscles once you’re done.

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Surf

Surfing will forever hold mass appeal. Catching waves in a wetsuit or bikini has a certain thrill to it. So where do you head for the best surfing getaways? Hawaii is always a go-to option. With luxurious surroundings, lovely locals and some of the best weather and food to be found in the world, you can’t go wrong. But have you ever considered European destinations for your getaways? Places such as Portugal have warm seas, big waves and a thriving local atmosphere. So catch pack your bags, prepare your swimsuits and catch your flights. Surf’s up!

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Camping

Camping getaways aren’t just for kids. That’s for sure. Camping can see you face the elements and put your survival skills into practice. This is the all-time American venture, so where better than to camp out than in the USA? Sleep under the stars, roast marshmallows on a fire and see some of the most breathtaking scenery that there is to be seen. Remember, camping isn’t limited to those who don’t mind sleeping on the floor and have no fear of creepy crawlies. Alternative options include campervans and trailers. These are a mini home away from home. They provide you with an enclosed place to sleep, a clean, working toilet and a few other creature comforts. Companies such as Vermont Country Campers have a huge range of campers to pick from. Gain advice from sales representatives and choose the best camper for your personal needs.

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Cycling

Cycling is a fun sport that is appreciated internationally. So if cycling is your thing, then where better to cycle than the home of one of cycling’s biggest events - Tour De France. France has both intense and relaxing routes where you can bask in the local scenery. Stop in local cafes for a break now and then. The cuisine cannot be beaten, and the wine is some of the best you’ll ever taste.