PhotoBox – Review

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So the other day I ordered Christmas presents for my mum, dad and friends, I organise early, I know, and they arrived yesterday so I thought I’d do a review on them, yay! (not sponsored by company, all opinions on my own, I just needed a new blog post!)


To start off with, the website was so so so simple to understand and upload and edit your photos. I had to go through a couple of websites before Photobox to order as many of the other websites either didn’t ship to my location or because I couldn’t understand the website, so im thankful for Photobox.


Next, it arrived so quickly!! the reason why I ordered Christmas presents in august is because for some reason parcels take years to arrive to my house and the package would’ve normally arrived in November, really.

Now onto the most important thing, the quality. I ordered a mug, a phone case and a whole bunch of photos. The mug was tightly packed and came in a really good quality, only slightly different to the original photo, but that happens when printing.


photo9 The phone case came in a plastic wrapped case and since its for a present I didn’t want to open, but even looking at it, the quality is really HD and you can see all the small details on the case that you can see in the photo.

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Onto the photos, I ordered about 70 (oops) 5″ x 5″ photos of my friends and moments I wanted to remember, I *stupidly* thought the website said 5cm x 5cm so I thought they would be little tiny photos, but then I had a moment of realisation and I was wrong, but either way they came out perfect. On the website it tells you whether the quality is good, excellent or bad and even the bad ones came out beautiful, you can’t even identify the good from the bad, bonus!

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I will definitely be ordering from them again, I think i’ll go for some retro polaroid inspired ones and maybe a photo journal or mini photo book, wouldn’t that be cute? great for presents.


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Toodledoo friends!

-Erika xx


Back-to-School Supplies.

So for many of you, school has either started or about to start, and for that I am going to show you what you need for school.


First and foremost, a satchel/backpack. You can check out either of these.

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Next is a pencil-case, here are a few options for you.

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Now is the actually supplies, here are colouring pencils, writing pencils, pens, rulers and rubbers.ruuberpennbook 1

That’s it folks! Toodledoo!xxx

-Erika xx


3 Ways to Style a White Blouse

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Today I’m going into the fashion world and help you pair your favourite white blouse with items already in your wardrobe!

Look number 1 is really simple and modern. This blouse, that has lace detailing on the sleeves and upper chest is perfect for a spring look. Paired with a block coloured skirt and some heeled sandals, this outfit would look very chic and modern. Add a blue bag and you’re ready to go!

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Look number 2 is this white blouse with the sleeves rolled up, tucked into this gorgeous maxi leather skirt. Pair it with a black bag and black platform shoes, you would look like the most casual yet rocker girl ever.

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Look three is this white blouse paired with these stunning high-waisted blue button up jeans. For footwear you could wear these breath-taking brown shoes with some Audrey Hepburn inspired sunglasses.

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And that’s it! Toodledoo!xxx

-Erika xx



DIY | Painted Circle Wall Art

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I like paints, a lot. In fact, I used to go to art lessons for 6 years, from 6 to 12, But anyway, today I’m going to be making this beautiful and eye-catching painted circle wall art.

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What you’ll need:

  • A card/thick paper for every colour chosen
  • paints (as many as you want)
  • a circular hole punch or circle stencil
  • frame
  • paintbrush
  • pencil
  • scissors

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Layout your card onto a flat surface and grab your paints. For each card, assign a paint to it. With your paint brush and paints, gently paint however onto your card. This process can be as messy or clean as you like, if you leave white areas, it is fine as it adds contrast to your finished work. Continue doing this with all your paints.

Once they are dry, grab your circle stencil or hole puncher and cut out as many circles as you can fit onto another piece of card that will fit in your frame. Align and glue them next to each like the picture below.

Once the glue has tried, pop it in your frame and you’re done! Toodledoo!

-Erika xx

DIY | Wool Hanging Decor

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So I’m sure you’ve seen these before. Right? Good, well I thought I would make one and show you how! Yay décor!

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What you’ll need:

  • Wool or string
  • Thin bamboo sticks, if there’s a point at the end chop it off.
  • a whole lot of patience

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Start cutting pieces of your wool, the longer the wool piece the longer it will fall, mine were about 28 inches so 14 once hung. To put it onto the stick, fold the string or wool in half and place under the stick at about an inch of the cool above the stick. Lift the two non-looped strings into the loop and pull. Once you’ve completed this until majority of the stick is full of your strings, grab two pieces of your wool or string, about 14 inches, depending on how long you want it to hang. Tie these strings to the end of the stick tightly (you can use nail polish to secure it tighter).

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And that’s it! now a you a simple yet beautiful wall décor! Toodledoo!xxx

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14 Books Everyone Should Read

Carrying on the whole “going back to school so I will suggest advice I wont ever take” bandwagon, i have composed a list of my all time favourites books in order of preference. Grab a cup of tea or coffee, because this is going to be looong.

    1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
    2. The Giver By Lois Lowry
    3. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
    4. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    5. After Dark by Haruki Murakami
    6. A Work in Progress by Connor Franta
    7. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
    8. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
    9. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
    10. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
    11. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
    12. What Will Survive by Mark Gartside
    13. The Program by Suzanne Young
    14. Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler

And that is it! pretty much every book I love is there and I hope you love them to, hopefully tomorrow will be a DIY! Toodledoo!

-Erika xxx

7 Apps to Help With Organisation and Anxiety.

We’ve all been there. Running late, forget a birthday, didn’t attend that haircut appointment or forgot to add that one essential item to your shopping list (food and clothe wise, of course). We also have had days where you haven’t had time to study or make flashcards, or you make your to-do list and you lose it. Sad and painful times, really. I’ve composed a list of apps that I use to either calm myself down, organise my life or just need to get school work done.sunrise

Sunrise  – This is a calendar app. I never, ever, seem to get to use the one already installed in the iPhone already, I have no idea why, but when I came across this one, I have been baptised. I use this for everything and you can select when you want to get a notification, i.e. a day before, 3 hours before, 15 minutes before. You get the idea. Also, you can select already made calendars like moon times and your countries school holidays. Amazing, I know. Free.


Flashcards – The name says it all. An app where you can add flash cards to help you study for later. You can create decks of cards and even back it up. Honestly, its perfect for students. Free.

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Study Blue – Another study app. On this one you can also make cards and sync with your phone, but this one allows you to connect to the teacher of your classes (if you mention this app to them) and you can get your daily class on your phone. Also available on computers and laptops. Free.


Elevate – This is an AMAZING app. Everyday is sends you a notification to start a series of 3 games automatically selected for you. Some games including reading, listening, vocabulary etc. It tracks and gives you the statistics of your progress and highlights your weaknesses and strengths. Free but you can pay and upgrade.


Todoist – Basically, an app where you can set your things you wish to complete on that day or any other day. It’s literally a virtual todolist on paper and I love it. Also available on mac, windows and android. Free.


Colorfy – The beautiful app to create beautiful designs with the templates the give you. This is so so so calming. I have always found situations where I am creating something very soothing as 1. I have focused with hour or so doing something I love 2. I haven’t technically wasted an hour if im looking after my mental health. 3. ive just created something pretty which I should be 4. proud of. Free but can pay for upgrades like more templates and colour options.


Latergramme – Probably the best app out the lot, not going to lie. This app helps you place all your Instagram posts and you can set them to be posted at a certain AND type your caption out. The only problem is that it does NOT automatically post it for you. You have to be in a wi-fi zone to get the notification to post it, which will open in the app, it will automatically copy the caption and a pop up will ask whether to post it on Instagram or not. Perfect yet annoying. Free.

That’s it folks, all my usefulness has been passed on to you! let me know in the comments if you use any of these apps already. Toodledoo!

-Erika xx

5 Things on my Wishlist for September

As August is nearly over (finally!), it means September is on its way, meaning I have my own virtual wish list (instead of sending a million links to my mum via Facebook). Lets roll on!

This coat from ASOS. It is so gorgeous and I’m 100% sure I need it in my life. Definitely need it in my life, maybe not for £150, but the thought was there. Sigh.

The only and only Classy Sheffield Silver from Daniel Wellington. I just really really really really want this okay? I think its been on my wish list every month for a year, honestly.

Classy Sheffield SilverNext are these Black Platform Shoes With Tassels from choies. I love them. they’re so pretty and in right now. Imagine this with a cute dress and black tights. To die for!Black Platform Shoes With TasselsNext is a funny one, it’ll make your bones shake from laughing! Skeleton Restroom Door Cover. Adorable right? Well I was thinking, to get in the Halloween mood, im going to need some decorations so I thought I would also add a costume to my wish list, so here it is…Owl Face Hooded Sweatshirt. Yes I am being serious, yes I am ridiculous. If you didn’t know, I love owls, love love love owls. it’s a hobby. So when I saw this on Halloween costumes, I had to want it. I had to!

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Skeleton Restroom Door CoverOwl Face Hooded SweatshirtAnd that is the end my friends! I hope my mother sees this post and considers the items, especially the owl hoodie. Mainly the owl hoodie. Only the owl hoodie… anyway, toodledoo!

-Erika xxx

20 Facts You Should Know About Me

As you now, I’ve just started this blog and Leah, a wonderful blogger who you should check out, advised me to introduce myself better, so here it is, facts about me!

  1. My full name is Erika Janet Balban
  2. My birthday is 2 days after Christmas and was going to be born on Christmas. Sadly two public figures couldn’t share the same birthday.
  3. I have a younger brother aged 10.
  4. I. Hate. Summer.
  5. I was born in England, the south to be precise.
  6. I am a Sherlock fan.
  7. I don’t like Harry Potter, sorry.
  8. I am the biggest fussy eater you will meet.
  9. I’m allergic to milk and egg, which is not fun and 100% go against the rules.
  10. I love reading.
  11. Benedict Cumberbatch is my life.
  12. Emma Stone is also my life.
  13. I am a history, child development and economics student.
  14. History is my all-time favourite subject.
  15. My favourite colour is green.
  16. My favourite film and book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.
  17. I have an obsession with watches. I can’t stop buying them.
  18. I wear glasses as I’m short-sighted (I can’t see far distances)
  19. My favourite song is Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls.
  20. My favourite meal is curry. Buy me some please.

That’s it! thank you for reading and I hope you learnt a lil’ more about me, because that’s what you wanted in life. Toodledoo!

-Erika xxx