Hi everyone. How are you all? I realise that I haven’t posted anything for a while, but there has been a lot going on!
I’ve had COVID for a start, which really wasn’t fun! Both my sister and I were infected, so spent a couple of days in bed recovering. Thank goodness for the vaccine, or things could have been much worse. I’ll be writing more on that soon as a separate post, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
Another thing that has taken up a lot of my time is work. I’m working freelance for a PR/communications company, and it has been very busy, with client news and launches. I’m going back into full-time work soon, so will keep you up to date with how that goes, and what my first few days/weeks are like at my new place.
I’ve also been travelling quite a bit in the last few weeks, to Essex, and to Hammersmith last weekend. I will be writing separate posts about these experiences, and my reviews of the hotels I’ve stayed in.
I also have a podcast, Amy Talks – I haven’t uploaded an episode since June 2021, but that is all about to change. Please subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and Mixcloud to listen to past episodes, and be notified about future ones.
I’ll wrap this post up now, but I wanted to let you know that I am back blogging, and looking forward to creating more posts for you all!
Let’s be real here – Christmas cards are a hassle to send every year. Having a pile of cards and envelopes higher than the Eiffel Tower, getting pen smudges everywhere and ending up with a severed tongue from sealing all the envelopes.
Enter Paperless Post. It lets you send cards, invitations and a lot more over email so you can connect with your loved ones and invite them to a Christmas party or other gathering without spending money on 500 stamps and only using 20. The video below shows the plethora of options available for customisation.
To design a premium card (there are a few free options) you have to buy coins, which can be bought in packs – they’re really affordable and cost less than a pack of stamps, which is great value. (For full disclosure: I was very kindly gifted some coins from Paperless Post to create and send a card).
Once you’ve decided on a card or event invitation, they are fully customisable to fit your brand – you can even upload your own logo. There’s options to change the backdrop of the item you’re sending, add motifs for Christmas, Graduation or another special event that your family/clients/favourite people will be attending.
There is also an opportunity to customise the envelopes of your card or invitation, not something you get to do when buying cards in a shop. You can choose the envelope colour (there are some really cool ones, including rose gold), and even the postmark can be changed to your city or state (in the US, I’m hoping they’ll bring out UK ones soon! 🤞🏻).
After designing the envelope, it’s time to choose your special recipients. All you have to do is enter your name and their names and emails, it’s literally as simple as that. You can even upload your entire address book and send it to them in one go. A free preview can be sent to your email to make sure it looks perfect before sending to your loved ones/friends.
Much like Blue Peter, below is the preview of a card I made earlier that will be sent to all of my podcast participants, so you can see what it looks like when sent.
The best part about sending a card is that you can schedule delivery. So for example with my card, it would be too early to send it, so I would schedule delivery for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, but an event invitation or something similar could be made ahead of time and scheduled to send whenever you want.
Sending cards also costs coins, but the total cost of the card is displayed to you transparently throughout the process, with no nasty fees or dodgy charges that you don’t remember paying for.
I would definitely recommend Paperless Post for sending cards or invitations, as they are fully customisable and a reasonable price for sending them over the Internet – no more paper cards and envelopes, so it’s also more environmentally-friendly than the cards that just go to landfill by New Year.
Even better: they even have a mobile app, so you can design and send cards on the go! Find out more on the App Store.
Hairdryers are one of the most vital tools you can have for haircare. I don’t normally post about beauty, but thought I’d try something a bit different. Here’s a great choice from Panasonic if you’re looking for a new hairdryer that isn’t the Dyson but delivers similar technology.
I very recently took my driving test and I was really really anxious. As you can probably understand – it’s one of the hardest tests you’ll ever take in your life. Waking up on the day, I tried to keep as calm as possible, watching a bit of This Morning to take my mind off how I was feeling.
An hour before my test, my instructor picked me up at my house. I made sure that I had my licence (important as I wouldn’t be able to sit my test without it), my theory test pass certificate (they don’t usually ask but the DVSA website still says it’s a requirement) and my confidence. I drove to the test centre and not going to lie, it was the worst I’ve driven to a place ever. I made so many mistakes, but that’s typical of big tests: you’re more likely to do worse in a mock exam and better in the real thing.
Before even learning to drive, most driving instructors ask for you or your loved one to complete the car theory test. If they didn’t then don’t worry, you’ll still have to sit it before you can sit your practical.
In case you didn’t already know, I recently passed my practical driving test. I’ve had some time to reflect on it, and want to share some tips with you if you’re currently learning to drive or know someone who is about to.
A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to attend the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 with work, as part of the Communications team at Siemens. I just thought I would share my experience and what my role there entailed.
There’s loads of skincare products on the market right now, with different benefits and uses. I only buy skincare products on a recommendation or after reading the reviews because I know they work for other people, and high-end products are really expensive. Below are my skincare essentials I’m using and loving right now.
My sister Sarah and I recently jetted off for a little city break to Madrid, Spain. It was a city that neither of us had been to and wanted to explore. We also rented an AirBnB for the first time and it didn’t turn out to be a pile of rubble, it was actually really lovely.