Create Your Own Happy | Snail Mail

Whilst we can hope that others around us will add to our happiness it is something that starts within. Something that two amazing bloggers Penny Alexander and Becky Goddard-Hill (who I have the great privilege to say I know) have recently written an amazing book for tweens (7-11 year olds) – Create Your Own Happy. Their book showcases ways in which children (and adults alike) can create their own happiness. 

Create Your Own Happy

Use your creativity to shape your life and spread happiness around you!
This book will help you work out what really makes you happy.

A new home, new school, new friends

A little over two years ago we relocated some 35 miles from our previous home to where we live now. Moving meant a new home, a new school and new friends for both Roo and Tigger. As Tigger was in Reception class at the time it wasn’t such an upheaval for him. However, for Roo she had been with her friendship circle since she was 3 years old. 

Although she had to leave these girls behind, they are anything but forgotten. And it gave us the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the wonderful world of snail mail. Texts and face-timing are all well and good but it doesn’t feel half as good as coming home from school to find a letter from a friend on your pillow.

Create Your Own Happy | Snail Mail

The Create Your Own Happy book houses an array of amazing activities and suggestions on how you can creatively create your own happiness. One of the activities is around snail mail – which sadly to most children is an alien concept. However, thankfully Roo was aware of snail mail, however, reading through the activity and prompts it sparked her into adding a little more thought when it comes to penning a letter to one of her friends.

They say that the devil is the detail and when it comes to a handwritten letter this is no different. From including your address at the top, adding a date, and using your best handwriting – all before you have even come to share your thoughts, feelings and any news you might have. Asking questions about their lives, have they been up to anything fun? have they been on holiday? have they been watching a particular TV show?

Snail mail is something that can take just a few minutes to write a postcard, or send a copy of a photo that you’ve just found. Or can be a page full of writing because you have so much to say at that moment. It’s a wonderful way to keep up to date with your friends, to bring a smile to someone’s face and to use up your stationery stash as well as use as many different coloured pens as possible!

21 years of snail mail

When I was 14 years old I met one of my oldest friends at an air cadet camp (yes I was one of those teenagers). She lived (and still does) in Manchester and I lived in Carlisle, however, over the course of a week our friendship too hold. Some 21 years later (how did we get so old?) we are still good friends. Powered by the written word and although those letters don’t go back and forth as often as they once did. There is something so special about receiving a handwritten letter, card or note from a dear friend.

Create Your Own Happy | Book Tour

If you are looking for additional ways to help kids be happy then see what activities and project the blogging community has been undertaking.

6th September: 
Create Your Own Happy Jar
7th September: 
Create a Laughter Kit 
8th September: 
Be a Happiness Philosopher
9th September: 
Give Compliments
10th September: 
Learn to relax
11th September: 
Create New Life with Seed Bombs
12th September: 
Use Music to change your mood
13th September: 
Learn about another culture
14th September: 
Making a calm down jar
15th September: 
Invent a solution
16th September: 
Saying thank you
17th September:  
Snail Mail
18th September:

Win a copy of Create Your Own Happy

To aid the tween in your life onto the road to happiness, Boo Roo and Tigger Too are lucky enough to have one copy of Create Your Own Happy to giveaway

Prize: Create Your Own Happy paperback

To enter simply complete the Gleam widget below, all entries are optional and each one completed will gain you more entries into the random draw.

Create Your Own Happy book

Review Collaboration



  1. Tracy Nixon
    September 17, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    My daughter would love this book!

  2. Solange
    September 17, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    Sounds like a lovely book.

  3. Samantha O'D
    September 17, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    Sounds great, my daughter would like this

  4. Susie Wilkinson
    September 17, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    I find it so sad that the next generation down don’t write letters, I had a pen pal and loved receiving and writing letters!

  5. Margaret GALLAGHER
    September 17, 2018 / 9:57 pm

    Wonderful for my neice

    September 18, 2018 / 1:04 am

    My daughter would love this

  7. September 18, 2018 / 7:52 am

    Thank you so much for testing the book and blogging about it. It’s so lovely to read about your daughter writing letters!

  8. iain maciver
    September 18, 2018 / 11:02 am

    My daughter would love this

  9. Sally Collingwood
    September 18, 2018 / 11:35 am

    This is such a brilliant book. My little Skye loves craft and she would love this.

  10. Catherine Bullas
    September 18, 2018 / 1:26 pm

    My daughter would love this.

  11. Sara
    September 18, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Would love this

  12. Sean Eccles
    September 18, 2018 / 2:45 pm

    My daughters would love this

  13. Annabel Greaves
    September 18, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    What a fab idea

  14. Geri Gregg
    September 18, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    My niece would love this x

  15. Lydia Joy
    September 18, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Great for my nieces for Christmas

  16. Sandra Fortune
    September 18, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    Lovely giveaway thanks for the chance

  17. Amy Bondoc
    September 20, 2018 / 8:28 am

    this sounds lovely xx

  18. Jean Cassell
    September 20, 2018 / 8:47 am

    This would be lovely for my granddaughters

  19. kris mcgrath
    September 20, 2018 / 9:41 am

    Would love this for my daughter

  20. Claire Nutman
    September 20, 2018 / 12:25 pm

    Lovely many thanks….

  21. Rich Tyler
    September 20, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    Count Me IN!

  22. Adrienne McGroder
    September 20, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    Lovely book – thanks for the chance x

  23. Anneka Avery
    September 21, 2018 / 5:37 am

    This is a great book and another fantastic review I would love to win this for my daughter as I just think it’s absolutely fabulous.

  24. Ruth Harwood
    September 21, 2018 / 7:16 am

    What a fab review, the book looks amazing!!

  25. Vikki Sanderson
    September 21, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    Cute book! 🙂 It’s so important to encourage kids to write and learn to spell and this is a great way of doing that.

  26. Lynn Heath
    September 23, 2018 / 6:43 am

    This would be perfect for my oldest! She has a pen pal in America and they use snail mail! In fact this reminds me she needs to reply!!!

  27. Jennifer Toal
    September 23, 2018 / 11:21 am

    I love this there are too many young people with mental health issues this is great

  28. Jo m welsh
    September 26, 2018 / 7:10 am

    Would be lovely for my daughter who I’m sure would enjoy it

  29. Charlotte G
    September 26, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    I love this!:)

  30. Kelly Morgan
    September 29, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    Lovely prize

  31. Christine Lockley
    September 29, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    What a fab idea!

  32. Rachael Sexey
    September 30, 2018 / 1:23 pm

    This is a brill idea

  33. Angela Wilcox
    October 1, 2018 / 5:13 pm

    What a fab idea. This would be great for my daughter.

  34. Jackie Dawson
    October 5, 2018 / 2:44 pm

    I would love this for my niece, she would love it!

  35. Rachel Butterworth
    October 5, 2018 / 11:53 pm

    Really unique idea.

  36. Ursula Hunt
    October 6, 2018 / 11:14 am

    My granddaughter would love this

  37. Rebecca Nisbet
    October 6, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    What a lovely idea, i would give it to my daughter!

  38. Karen Barrett
    October 12, 2018 / 7:41 am

    Lovely prize, thank you

  39. Rebecca Whatmore
    October 12, 2018 / 4:09 pm

    This is a lovely idea for a book. Would be great for my niece.

  40. Laura Pritchard
    October 12, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    What a lovely idea – perfect for my son!

    October 12, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    What a lovely idea 🙂 Spread the joy of happiness early on!

  42. Diana
    October 12, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    My daughter would love this 🙂

  43. janine atkin
    October 13, 2018 / 2:09 pm

    id love to win the for my niece 🙂

  44. carol boffey
    October 13, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    lovely giveaway

  45. Laura Turner
    October 13, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Instilling positivity into them at an early age can only be a good thing.

  46. Sheri Darby
    October 13, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    I’d love to win this for my daughter

  47. Katie Walker
    October 13, 2018 / 7:59 pm

    What a great idea

  48. Catherine Gregory
    October 13, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    Love love this idea!! Thank you

  49. Adrian Bold
    October 13, 2018 / 10:58 pm

    Thanks for the great prize and competition. Good luck everyone!

  50. Theresa Thomas
    October 14, 2018 / 12:36 am

    Sounds great, It sounds perfect for my daughter

  51. Maria Jane Knight
    October 14, 2018 / 9:42 am

    My 8 year old son has had some anxiety issues in the past, i think this book would be just wonderful for him.

  52. October 14, 2018 / 11:14 am

    I love the idea of writing and receiving letters, and my children doing the same. Perhaps we should find pen pals!

  53. Nicola Marshall
    October 14, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Awwwww my daughter would really love this.

  54. Hayley Elvin
    October 14, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    This sounds great for my daughter who has just started high school.

  55. paula cheadle
    October 14, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    what a wonderful book, my granddaughter would love this

  56. Lynn Neal
    October 14, 2018 / 1:00 pm

    I love things that encourage children to write!

  57. laura stewart
    October 14, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    fingers crossed lovely prize x

  58. Kim Neville
    October 14, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    These are a great idea. My son would enjoy

  59. Hayley Todd
    October 14, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    My daughter would absolutely love this book!

  60. Tammy Neal
    October 14, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    This looks great my niece would love this x

  61. Denise walton
    October 14, 2018 / 5:55 pm

    Lovely for my granddaughter

  62. Jeanette Leighton
    October 14, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    Entering for my daughter Sheriah she would like this

  63. Tee Simpson
    October 14, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    My daughter would love this. She has a pen pal and loves writting to her.

  64. Roisin McGuckin
    October 14, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    My nieces would love this

  65. Rachel Craig
    October 14, 2018 / 11:33 pm

    Nice prize.

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