We’re Obsessed!

The pen pal thing started out with me wanting to write to somebody … anybody! and now I’m up to 19 somebodies and I’m still craving more! I received two letters this morning and am already itching to write back. I’m starting to feel like I’m developing an addiction!

 

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Then imagine my surprise when my awesome five-year old daughter said that she would like some pen pals too! She has got right into the idea and is so excited so I’ve joined a few Facebook groups and listed her there and she now has four friends of her own to write to. She even received her first letter yesterday and was so happy about it that she finished up her reply straight away and I got it posted out for her this morning.

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As she was and is so excited about writing, I nipped into town with my mum for a bit of retail therapy. We ended up at Poundland where I got her some sparkly Washi tape (3 for £1 … bargain!) a hundred My Little Pony stickers to decorate her letters with, her own pack of multicoloured pens, and a little pink notebook which she has decorated with some of the stickers for storing her names and addresses. This bundle of awesome cost me £4 and the smile on her face was just insane so it’s one of the best £4’s I’ve ever spent!

So yeah, if you like a bargain then head on down to Poundland – you never know what you’ll find!

In an earlier post I mentioned how one of the first letters that I received contained a couple of tea bags. This got me thinking about sending things within my letters to people too as a way to add an extra bit of fun or happiness to their day and, wanting to mix it up a bit, I ordered some little magnets and sew on patches. Well they have all arrived! I was quite blown away by this as the patches were sent from China and I was expecting to have quite the wait before they got to me but there they were this morning, just sitting on the floor with the post waiting for me to grab them up and start sending them. Chuffed does not even cover how I felt about them when I got them out and had a peek through. I’ve just popped a picture of a few of them below.

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I’m going to show Sophie-Anne the patches and see if she’d actually like any for herself (because some of them are just stinkin’ adorable!) but if not then she is more than welcome to send some on to her new pals who I hope will become long-term or even life-long friends. She actually used one of the dalmatian magnets in her reply to her first letter as the girl has a dog (along with a snake and a hamster!) so she thought it would be nice to send one on to her. This kid melts my heart!

As a lot of the items I’ve received are leaning towards a more feminine looking direction, I’ve also ordered a huge pack of vinyl stickers from Amazon so that I can include them with any letters to fellas (I only have one at the minute but am looking for more) or to any of the ladies who I think would like something a little different.

Aaaaaaand … I have just this minute received an email from postcrossing.com to let me know that the postcard I sent to Germany has been received! I even got a nice message back from the chap that received it to say thank you which I didn’t expect at all. That’s just made my day even brighter.

So yeah, so far pen palling is going well, and postcrossing is just starting to get off of the ground for us. I just hope it continues 🙂

Make it a great one,

Deb xox

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They’ve Arrived!

My postcards have arrived and as soon as I unwrapped them I was straight on the Postcrossing site getting my names and addresses to send to. When you are just starting out they allow you to post to a maximum of five people and that number increases with the more cards that you send. I think the limit goes all the way up to 100 cards in transit at one time if I remember right! I can’t imagine a) the hand cramp from writing 100 cards as I’d want them all to go at the same time and b) the total cost in postage needed to send that many cards all over the world. I wonder what the most cards someone has on the go is?!?!?! hmmmm…

I think the cool thing about this site is that when you get an address for posting you are also shown “A little something about ….” where the person that you are sending to gives you some basic details about themselves and their likes. It helped massively with what to write on each card which is a plus but then I found that some people were asking for specific kinds of cards which I just don’t have so I’ve explained why I’ve sent the card that they have received and said that I hope that they like them.

So the cards I’m sending in this first batch are…

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This postcard will be travelling 1094 miles to Finland.

The recipient expressed a number of interests but also mentioned that she had two cats and likes cats on her cards so I found this one out for her.

 

 

 

 

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This one will be travelling 3341 miles to New York, USA.

The recipient for this one mentioned that she likes One Direction but they weren’t around at the times of these books so that was a no go. I flipped through all 100 cards and didn’t manage to find any about music so sadly, she ended up with a random card.

 

 

 

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This card will be travelling the shortest distance of 390 miles to Germany and is the only card out of the bunch that is being sent to a man.

Again, a lot of interests were listed but not many of my cards matched up to his likes – he did mention a like of cars though so I thought I’d get this one out for him.

 

 

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This card will be sent the furthest distance of 3946 miles to Russia.

The lady receiving this card asked for touristy cards but again, this is something that I don’t have at this point. She did ask for a favourite saying or phrase to be written on the card so I went with my favourite of “Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.” This is actually something that I want tattooed on me at some point!

 

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The final card from this batch will be travelling 812 miles to Poland.

This lady requested a card designed by a local artist – I’ve never seen anything locally that I could use to fulfil this request but she did also ask for a picture of a building or monument from your town or country so I opted for Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. She probably has a ton of these kind of pictures as she’s received 1532 postcards since starting on the site but then hopefully that number will be spread all over the globe and she won’t have this card! I wouldn’t bet on it though.

 

So that’s it for this first bundle of postcards being sent, I’m hoping to be getting them posted out over the weekend so we will see how long it takes to get selected and have a card sent back!

Fancy checking out the Postcrossing site for yourself? If so, click here!

Take care,

Deb xox

I’ve Got Mail!

Yesterday I received my first letter from one of my new pen pals complete with a cute snail mail drawing on the envelope. It’s amazing how something so simple can lift your mood!

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This letter was from the lovely Katie who it turns out I have quite a lot in common with – we both are around the same age, we are both married and both have kiddies so there could be plenty to talk about there at least.

As the letter continued it was also revealed that we are both on the larger side of life, both enjoy yoga when trying to rid ourselves of the excess and we are both working on full sleeve tattoos. We also have the same stationary … great minds and all that!

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The letter also included a couple of different tea bags which I thought was a lovely touch and it got me to thinking about what I could send in my letters. After a bit of thought and for something a little different, I decided on some cute sew on patches and fridge magnets – some people might see that as a little random but then that fits me quite well. Now I’ve just got to wait for them to be delivered!

What would you send in a letter?

Have a good one,

Deb xox

When Did Walking Get So Hard?!?!

Today I needed to go to the Post Office to mail my first letters for my possible pen pals and what a task that was!

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I’m having this odd bruised like feeling on my lower stomach and pubic region and walking is a nightmare. What was going to be a quick 20 minute walk turned into an hour long waddle with a little shopping thrown in for distraction and getting home again was the most magical feeling in the world. I have no clue as to what this pain could be or why it’s happening but I’m at the hospital on Thursday for my GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test for gestational diabetes) so will raise it with one of the nurses there if it’s still a thing.

In other news, we have Sophie-Anne’s parents evening coming up on Thursday and I’m super nervous. I don’t really have a reason to be as every other one we’ve been to has been filled with nothing but praise, but I want her to do well and the fact that I can’t see what she gets up to on a daily basis always gets to me. Is she respectful of her peers and her teachers? Does she socialise well with others? Does she do what she’s told? Does she work hard? I hope so! I guess Thursday will tell…

Other than that, it’s been a pretty chill few days what with it being the weekend and Mothers Day so yeah, not much to report really.

Take care,

Deb xox

 

New (and old) Hobbies!

So since I have been back for these last few days I have stumbled across some posts that have inspired me to try something new, or something old once again.

I’ll start with the old.

Pen Pals … this is something that I used to love having, and have had to some degree, throughout various parts of my life. I love putting pen to paper and the fact that I can meet people from other walks of life from the comfort of my living room is something that I’ve always found appealing, especially as I’m so awkward face to face!

When I was a child in school we were encouraged to write to someone abroad – being kids, this didn’t last very long but I appreciated and enjoyed it while it did.

When I was quite a lot older, I came across a website where you could write to a prisoner – this isn’t for everyone but I thought I’d give it a go. I opted to send mail to a guy in America who had been arrested for theft (I’d like to point out that I don’t condone what he did!) and he actually turned out to be quite a funny guy who was apologetic for his crime and did seem to see reason. His release date came up and, as I expected, I didn’t hear from him again. I have no idea if he ever reoffended, I really hope that he didn’t because from the things that he wrote, he had ambition and the ability to turn his life around.

I then joined a pen pal programme when my daughter was born where I was paired up with another mum from the same birthing group but that never really took off which was a shame and now I’ve stumbled across a post about The Snail Mail Project which is a group of people looking for pen pals that has been set up on Facebook.

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I’ve just received my stationary from Paperchase (I looooove Paperchase but I have to avoid them as much as possible as they too have the ability to leave me broke due to the sheer amount of things of theirs that I just need to have in my life!) in the post today and I’m itching to start writing so I’ll be cracking on with that later. I’m hoping to post updates about how I get on in the group!

Now for the new.

Postcrossing … this is something that I have never heard of before but after coming across a post about Mailbox Friday I thought I’d take a deeper look into what it is. Basically, you sign yourself up to a group of people from around the world and you send postcards to random people and some will send to you. I came across this Postcrossing site and have now signed up. After much ummming and ahhhhing I also settled on a pack of Ladybird book postcards from Amazon as I grew up reading these books through primary school and the pictures really brought back some amazing memories for me.

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I now can’t wait for these to arrive so I can get sending! So yeah, I’m also looking to be able to post updates about whatever I might send and receive.

I spoke to my hubby about all of this today and whilst I think he’s sighing and shaking his head at me on the inside, he said that he thinks it’s a quirky thing to do but then he thinks it matches me quite well. I’m good with that!

Do you have any hobbies that you enjoy? Have you got pen pals or do you postcross and if so what are your experiences? I’d love to know!

Happy hobbying … apparently not a word but I’m going with it!

Deb xox