Places to get free bookmarks in your city.

 Heyo Bookaholics!

Help yourself and the community!

I was so stumped and at a loss for inspiration this week in what I should post, but I thought about it and it came to me: What’s better than helping the community?

So, you know how everyone and anyone who reads thinks of a ‘free bookmark’ as a piece of scrap that just holds a page in their current read. Some boring household item like a receipt, tissue, postcard, etc. will not cut it for me, so I compiled this simple list of ways to obtain aesthetic – or at least nice and structural – bookmarks FOR FREE!

This post – or a large majority of it – will be applicable to everyone regardless of your home or location. I am making this as broad as I can, and will be so open to any suggestions that could help improve my list.

Bookstores

You don’t really have to buy anything at bookstores. Sometimes I just walk around the store for twenty minutes to half an hour and make the staff suspicious of my motives. I also scope out the bookmarks that lie on the counter, usually, these are of two categories:

  • Branded: to promote the bookshop, and
  • Promotional: to advertise for books and/or publishers.

It goes without saying that I do get super awkward picking up a bookmark – or approaching the counter no less – from a bookstore if I don’t buy something, but if you’re gutsy then these are the best places to get cute bookmarks AND support your local bookstores.

Library

So libraries are literally the only place where:

  • There are free books (you can even take them home!),
  • It is socially acceptable to walk around/ sit for three to twelve hours,
  • Never feel obliged to purchase anything, and
  • There are always people who are willing to help you.

On top of all of that, libraries are warm and a great place to write and study because more often than not, they are comfortably quiet.

Oh! And they also have free bookmarks! 

I love the bookmarks in libraries because there is such a diverse range of them and they change regularly – at least they do at my library. Like bookstores, I find that libraries have a few different categories of bookmarks, such as:

  • Branded: to promote the library (or library group if it is a council library);
  • Promotional: to advertise local bookshops, publishers, and/or new release books;
  • Competition: these tell you about the books that have been shortlisted or have won awards recently;
  • Fun: colour-in or puzzle bookmarks.

Places like these provide news in a fun new way. A lot of the bookmarks that are provided in libraries are usually always plastered in book covers, so you have the opportunity to discover new books as you are reading because they appear on your bookmark!

Book Launches

In my experience, many book launches are free and to show their appreciation, authors will give out swag like bookmarks, posters and postcards to their readers.

I’ve been to many a book launch in my time and at almost everyone, I have been lucky enough to collect a bookmark related to the novel being launched. At the last book launch, I picked up a signed postcard of the book, and at the one before, I received prints of the characters.

So, not all book launches will have bookmarks, but you have to chance it most of the time and pray that the authors brought some cute swag you can stick inside your new novel! If they have nothing, never fear, because there these events are generally held in a bookstore (see point 1 for more info).

I hope you enjoyed this post!

The list may be small, but it is mighty! Let me know if you have headed to any of these public locations and what bookmarks you’ve found.

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Where do you get your bookmarks? x

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With Love Bree xx

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eBay/ PayPal Fraud + How to Avoid It (Storytime Wednesday)

Heyo Bookaholics!

I’ve wanted to make this post for a while now but delayed it because I wanted it to include all the information necessary for dealing with this.

Another thing; I know this is suppose to be a Storytime Wednesday (it still is), but I wasn’t able to post this on Wednesday as I had to attend a formal dinner and I like to review my posts before they go live.

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Managing Blogging and Uni in 2018

Heyo Bookaholics!

Anyone who reads these posts, or follows my blog will know that I am horrible at either posting on time, or completing posts before they are scheduled to be posted, which sadly means I am caught out with posts going up on my blog empty of content.

This annoys me more than anything and I have decided to do something about it and stick to it!

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What I Expect From Uni This Year:

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How To Balance School and Reading.

Hey Ho Bookaholics!

It is Wednesday and I am already 3 weeks into my Uni holidays, school holidays are just around the corner and all of this equates to way more reading time! But what if you want to start your holiday reading early?

You’ve come to the right place! here I will tell you how to effectively read in school and stay on top of all of your coursework (you must be dedicated to do both in order for this to work).

Continue reading “How To Balance School and Reading.”

8 Bits of Advice From and 18-Year-old

Shout out to Bri @ PaperbackBrii for allowing me to use some prompts mentioned in her 18th Birthday post back in November. Please go follow her blog as well because she’s the coolest and practically my twin 🙂


 

Welcome to The Inbetween!

I am calling today The Inbetween. And no, this isn’t the space between worlds in Stranger Things; today is the day in-between two important birthdays. Just yesterday I was pronounced an adult at my 18th birthday party on the shores of Adelaide beach, and tomorrow I will celebrate two years of blogging on Jasper + Spice with a nice 4am wake-up call.

So to celebrate my coming of adulthood, I have compiled a list of 8 bits of the most important advice that I have learned throughout my 18 years of existing upon this earth.

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1. You are NOT a ‘mature adult’.

You will never be a ‘mature adult’ no matter how many times you say it allowed to yourself. No one is a mature adult. When we grow up, we are expected to ‘mature’ and conform to the societies standards of an adult. In reality, the only way to grow old is to leave your childhood behind. yes become more mature and gain more knowledge but never stop being a child.

2. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

You’ve probably heard of this from just about everyone you know, but please hear me out!

Being a teenager is all about routine. Wake up early, get dressed, brush teeth, eat breakfast, go to school, come home, homework, sleep early. But some of us teens like to be spontaneous, going to bed late, waking up late and groggy in the morning. It becomes an endless cycle which leads to loss of time before school and the one thing everyone seems to sacrifice is BREAKFAST.

But why sacrifice breakfast? An English study reported in The Guardian newspaper showed that “while 68% of pupils eat before leaving home, 32% do not”, and trend is not only seen in England, rather all over the world, with 1 in 5 South Australians a going adolescents going to school on an empty stomach.

A 2013 Australian study showed that children and adolescents who skipped breakfast were much more likely to have inadequate intakes of thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium and iron. A lack of these vitamins lead to decreased concentration levels in class, which results in poor/ declining grades.

Solution: Even if you get to school with two minutes to spare you can still eat. The truck is to pre-pack your bag with enough food that you can have a snack when you get to school, especially if you know that you run on a tight schedule in the morning. I published a post detailing the benefits of packing your food the night before which is worth taking a look at if you are usually tight for time.

3. Sanitary items must have place in every purse and bag you own.

This isn’t just for my female readers out there. If you are a kind and caring human being – or just one that menstruates – please do not put yourself in the same position I ended up in and put a few pads/ tampons/ or alternative method of capture in every bag you own. You never know when that black tote you bought when you were 12 will match your outfit when you turn 17 and bam! you (or a friend) is stranded in the bathroom all bloody and out of faith.

4. Always bring a jacket.

Please hear me out! Your mothers are probably nodding along with this and saying “I told you so”, but believe me you will (whether you think you do or not) need a jacket. As we are all aware, no one can accurately predict the future and whether can change in an instant. I have been caught in bad weather many times, and watched my friends run for cover as I calmly pulled my hoodie over my head and strolled after them. I only have my WOG mother to thank for this.

5. Use a coaster when handling hot drinks.

This may sound like a funny thing to you, but trust me it is a normal thing I hear whenever I grab a hot drink.

Me: *walks into loungeroom with hot tea*
Mum: get a coaster out
Me: *is still standing at the door*
Mum: don't put that on the table
Me: *sighs heavily*

That is a real conversation with no exaggerations between me and my mum. Though this may sound utterly ridiculous; if you spill liquid (especially hot liquid) on a timber table, the table will stain. It is never appealing to see a table with water rings all over it.

This has also taught me manners and to respect the furniture and items in both mine and other people households that I am blessed to have and use. I make an effort to ask for and use coasters at other people’s houses as a show of respect.

6. You will miss school when you leave.

Okay, maybe you won’t miss the actual school – although I kinda do – you are guaranteed to miss the routine that comes with attending school. In reality, I am lost and I have no idea what to do with all the freedom I now have. I also don’t see my friends anymore and unlike the weekends where I would be relieved to be separated for some time, I have to stop myself from saying “I’ll show you on Monday” because there are no more ‘Mondays’. Now I actually have to make an effort to see them.

7. LISTS. LISTS. LISTS.

I made a post all about this in the Back To School Series (2016) I did on this blog last year. The post is titled To Do Lists Printables and includes many types of printable To-Do Lists as well as tips for creating lists to get work done efficiently and on time.

8. Don’t do Drugs and Stay in School.

So I needed 8 points and I only had seven when this post needed to be published, and this is what my friend had to say. I believe it speaks for itself.

Please please please respect your body, your mind, and your soul. Value your education because you are part of the next generation of great minds and you have been given the potential to do something great. Use it. Also use the resources available to you to assist in your journey to greatness and knowledge, because now in the 21st century, there are all sorts of resources and people willing to help you reach your final destination.

The people who have sent you to school and the people who are proving you an education believe in you and you should believe in yourself. They want to fill your mind with knowledge and help you become a better person. Please do not throw your life away or some cheap thrill.

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And lastly, here are 2 big pieces of advice that I have learned from the two years that I have been running this blog, Jasper +Spice.

2 Best Pieces of Advice From 2 Years of Blogging.

1. Schedule Posts Ahead of time

2. Follow other (like-minded) blogs to increase blogger interaction

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a Lovely Day!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Wednesday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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Increase Efficiency & Make your lunch after your dinner!

Welcome back guys!

Today I am back with another Life Hack/ Organisation post that will hopefully provide you with some much-needed advice and motivation to living happy and healthy (despite the junk food presented in the cover image).

If you remember, I did a  post last month titled “12 Things I do To Stay Organised & Stress-Free”, which outlines the things I do that are guaranteed to help anyone stay organised and stress-free. In this post I outline reasons why it should be common practice to make your lunch after you have finished your dinner.

  1. There is food everywhere!
  2. You have time to make your lunch, preventing you from running around like a crazy person in the morning and pulling together an unsatisfying concoction usually consisting of a tuna can and bread – which I have done many times. Hence saving time to do other stuff the following morning.
  3. You will save money because you’re not buying your lunch.
  4. You will eat healthier since you are not eating out and you’ll know what is going into your mouth, making you feel a lot less guilty about what you are eating.
  5. You won’t pack more food than necessary. Since you have just eaten dinner, you are now full and will not want to eat anymore, hence you will be less willing to pack more food for the next day. do not feel the need to pack lots of food for the next day.
  6. You will feel healthier, and your body will thank you 🙂

Continue reading “Increase Efficiency & Make your lunch after your dinner!”

12 Things I Do To Stay Organised & Stress-Free.

Hi everyone,

This post is a little different to my usual book related content that is featured on this blog. This post is a list of 12 things I do throughout the day in order to remain organised, relaxed, and  stress-free.

The exam period is drawing near and I have decided to make this life hack post to help others people like me who have trouble keeping concentrated and finding time to do everything that is needed to be done.

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