Create Your Own Happy | Snail Mail

September 17, 2018

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

  • Tracy Nixon September 17, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    My daughter would love this book!

  • Solange September 17, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    Sounds like a lovely book.

  • Samantha O'D September 17, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    Sounds great, my daughter would like this

  • Susie Wilkinson September 17, 2018 at 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!

  • Margaret GALLAGHER September 17, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Wonderful for my neice

  • MARK HOPKINS September 18, 2018 at 1:04 am

    My daughter would love this

  • Penny September 18, 2018 at 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!

  • iain maciver September 18, 2018 at 11:02 am

    My daughter would love this

  • Sally Collingwood September 18, 2018 at 11:35 am

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

  • Catherine Bullas September 18, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    My daughter would love this.

  • Sara September 18, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Would love this

  • Sean Eccles September 18, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    My daughters would love this

  • Annabel Greaves September 18, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    What a fab idea

  • Geri Gregg September 18, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    My niece would love this x

  • Lydia Joy September 18, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Great for my nieces for Christmas

  • Sandra Fortune September 18, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Lovely giveaway thanks for the chance

  • Amy Bondoc September 20, 2018 at 8:28 am

    this sounds lovely xx

  • Jean Cassell September 20, 2018 at 8:47 am

    This would be lovely for my granddaughters

  • kris mcgrath September 20, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Would love this for my daughter

  • Claire Nutman September 20, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Lovely many thanks….

  • Rich Tyler September 20, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Count Me IN!

  • Adrienne McGroder September 20, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Lovely book – thanks for the chance x

  • Anneka Avery September 21, 2018 at 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.

  • Ruth Harwood September 21, 2018 at 7:16 am

    What a fab review, the book looks amazing!!

  • Vikki Sanderson September 21, 2018 at 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.

  • Lynn Heath September 23, 2018 at 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!!!

  • Jennifer Toal September 23, 2018 at 11:21 am

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

  • Jo m welsh September 26, 2018 at 7:10 am

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

  • Charlotte G September 26, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I love this!:)

  • Kelly Morgan September 29, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Lovely prize

  • Christine Lockley September 29, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    What a fab idea!

  • Rachael Sexey September 30, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    This is a brill idea

  • Angela Wilcox October 1, 2018 at 5:13 pm

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

  • Jackie Dawson October 5, 2018 at 2:44 pm

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

  • Rachel Butterworth October 5, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    Really unique idea.

  • Ursula Hunt October 6, 2018 at 11:14 am

    My granddaughter would love this

  • Rebecca Nisbet October 6, 2018 at 2:42 pm

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

  • Karen Barrett October 12, 2018 at 7:41 am

    Lovely prize, thank you

  • Rebecca Whatmore October 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm

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

  • Laura Pritchard October 12, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    What a lovely idea – perfect for my son!

  • LYNDA DICKIE October 12, 2018 at 7:11 pm

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

  • Diana October 12, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    My daughter would love this 🙂

  • janine atkin October 13, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    id love to win the for my niece 🙂

  • carol boffey October 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    lovely giveaway

  • Laura Turner October 13, 2018 at 2:33 pm

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

  • Sheri Darby October 13, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    I’d love to win this for my daughter

  • Katie Walker October 13, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    What a great idea

  • Catherine Gregory October 13, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Love love this idea!! Thank you

  • Adrian Bold October 13, 2018 at 10:58 pm

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

  • Theresa Thomas October 14, 2018 at 12:36 am

    Sounds great, It sounds perfect for my daughter

  • Maria Jane Knight October 14, 2018 at 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.

  • Pippa Ainsworth October 14, 2018 at 11:14 am

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

  • Nicola Marshall October 14, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Awwwww my daughter would really love this.

  • Hayley Elvin October 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm

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

  • paula cheadle October 14, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    what a wonderful book, my granddaughter would love this

  • Lynn Neal October 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I love things that encourage children to write!

  • laura stewart October 14, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    fingers crossed lovely prize x

  • Kim Neville October 14, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    These are a great idea. My son would enjoy

  • Hayley Todd October 14, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    My daughter would absolutely love this book!

  • Tammy Neal October 14, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    This looks great my niece would love this x

  • Denise walton October 14, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Lovely for my granddaughter

  • Jeanette Leighton October 14, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Entering for my daughter Sheriah she would like this

  • Tee Simpson October 14, 2018 at 10:02 pm

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

  • Roisin McGuckin October 14, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    My nieces would love this

  • Rachel Craig October 14, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Nice prize.

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