Usually there is a template for these but looks like there wasn’t one, so I’m using the same template I used for my last monthly recap. I blogged almost every day in September, and churned out a lot of posts! I don’t think I will be blogging as actively this month since that was quite a challenge, but you can expect the usual post every two to three days.

I spent a lot of money in September, buying my new camera and my iPhone 6s, so it looks like I will have to do a lot of saving from here on in. As part of living simply, I have decided that from now until next June, I will try not to buy more than eight new items of clothing (excluding things like underwear or anything that is replacing another item) and two pairs of shoes.

Nick, myself and family are heading over to Indonesia this week as well – my mum is already there visiting her family – so while I am not planning to buy anything material at all, there will definitely be a hole in my wallet from buying food and paying for other necessities.

I got a haircut and I got my hair coloured as well, some photos will probably pop up on my blog, but you will definitely see how it looks on my next Fashion Friday post.

The three things I’m most proud of from September are:

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Timeless Thoughts is a monthly linkup hosted by Georgie and Tara, where bloggers write about something from their past – it could be an item, a place, an event – anything that evokes a trip down memory lane. Timeless Thoughts is held on the first Saturday of the month, and runs for two weeks.

When I was younger, Kinder Surprise (known as Kid Egg in some countries) was my favourite confectionery. I loved assembling toys, and these cute little trinkets in Kinder Surprise were no exception. Sometimes I didn’t like the toys inside but as with any kind of ‘lucky dip’, the surprise was the fun part. The chocolate egg was also to be enjoyed before you got your hands on your surprise.

In a way, subscription boxes remind me of Kinder Surprise eggs because they are like little surprises. You have no idea what is inside until you open the box. It’s clearly a marketing strategy. People love gifts and love surprises, so anything of this sort is appealing.

Kinder Surprise eggs
Kinder Surprise eggs

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This is a plug heavy post because, thanks to Jem, I have rekindled my love for the blogging community. It wasn’t until the second of September (curse GMT+10) that I picked up on Jem’s blog-every-day-in-September challenge (Septemblog). I decided to take part just to see how I would go. I missed day one, and I remember actually thinking about blogging that day but being too tired to do so – before I actually found out about Septemblog.

In the past I didn’t like blogging every day, instead blogging every second day because I wanted people to pay attention to my latest post. But gone are those days. I recall writing multiple times that I write for myself because I enjoy it. I think that blogging every day was a good personal challenge because it really felt like I was writing because I wanted to do this challenge, rather than just blogging because I wanted to churn out regular posts.

I had the usual Fashion Friday and 2 minutes and 40 seconds posts, but here are a few things worth noting about my experience with Septemblog:

  • I was doing well in the first week or two.
  • I keep a list of post ideas so this was a fantastic opportunity to go through that list and get some things off it.
  • Working 9am–6pm sure kept me busy, so sometimes I tried to write something super quickly in the last three hours of the day.
  • If I didn’t finish it by midnight, I finished it and then backdated the post… this happened towards the end of the month, in the past week… Hey, at least I started before midnight.
  • This is the second time (that I can remember) that I blogged every day for a month. I think it was in 2008 that I tried – those posts aren’t in my post archive though, it was from my old blog when I was using another system and I didn’t move the posts across.
  • Apart from day one and my backdating cheating (which I still think kinda counts since it’s still before midnight somewhere in the world), I did blog every day.

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Ariane is one of my newest ‘blog friends’, I guess you could say. I’d describe her as someone who loves a bit of fun and adventure! Since I don’t know her very well, I think this was a great opportunity to get to know a little more about her.

Hi! I am Ariane, 19 years of age, and I’m currently living in the Philippines. I spend most of my time in bed reading books, watching movies and checking out blogs. I guess I’m just an ordinary muggle still waiting for her Hogwarts acceptance letter to arrive

You are supposed to meet a blue bear at the entrance to a forest but he is late. How does he contact you to let you know?

The blue bear will ask his friend the pink tiger to roar as loud as he can for me to hear. Haha

What is the worst movie you’ve seen?

The WORST movie I’ve ever watched is UNDER THE SKIN. I honeslty thought it was good because the lead actress was Scarlett Johansson. So if you’re reading this. DO NOT watch that movie!

What is your favourite coloured popcorn?

My favorite coloured popcorn is pink.

If you had popcorn hair, would you eat it?

If I were to have popcorn hair, I’d be sooooo tempted not to eat it! Haha!

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All Colour Envelopes sent me a large assortment of envelopes to review. The company is based in the UK and yes, they sell envelopes only. It might sound rather niche, but when you think about it, envelopes have a huge variety of uses, some of which I didn’t realise until I got a large sample of their products.

Whether you are looking to buy for marketing campaigns, direct mail, company stationery or greeting cards, our extensive ranges provide the high quality that you are looking for. You can choose from 12 lines. From earth rich tones of the Intensive line to ultra bright hues of the Vibrant line you will be amazed at the choice of texture and colour. —

I was very amazed indeed. I’m often creative, and I have loved creating Christmas cards for the past couple of years. At first, I thought that might be my only use for envelopes, but All Colour Envelopes sells padded envelopes as well. On their website, they are called ‘bubble bags’. Often used to protect delicate or fragile items, I found that one of their bubble bags fit a CD case quite comfortably. They have a metallic range and a glossy range. I’m probably more of a fan of the metallic range. I don’t really like bright colours.

A close look at the metallic colours of some of the bubble envelopes
A close look at the metallic colours of some of the bubble envelopes
Large bubble bags in metallic purple and black. Some foil envelopes underneath
Large bubble bags in metallic purple and black. Some foil envelopes underneath
Smaller bubble bags in neon colours
Smaller bubble bags in neon colours

The company suggests using envelopes to fit your branding. The company I work for has the bright colours orange, green and blue as part of their branding, so I can see the bright orange envelope being quite suitable.

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