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July 2022 - Dates for your calendar

July 2022 - Dates for your calendar

July is around the corner and we have high hopes for warm sunny evenings and days at the beach (we're a bunch of optimists!). 

Let's cut to it - we have collected all the dates and holidays you may - or may not - wish to put in your calendar for July 2022.

If you create social media content or run a small business, these can be really helpful for filling out that marketing calendar.

And this is your challenge, should you choose to accept it - how many emojis can you squeeze into one text message on the 17th 😜👍🥑💜🥹?

1st - International Joke Day, International Reggae Day, Start of social wellness month
2nd - International Bikini Day, World UFO Day
3d - International Plastic Bag Free Day
4th - US Independence day, Alice in Wonderland Day
6th - International Kissing Day,  Start of UEFA Women's Euros
7th - World Chocolate Day, Global Forgiveness Day
9th - Eid al-Adha begins, Wimbledon Ladies Final, International Skinny Dip Day
10th - National Piña Colada Day, Wimbledon Men's Final
11th - World Pollution Day, International Town Criers Day
12th - Malala Day
13th - International French Fry Day
14th - National Mac & Cheese Day (US)
15th - World Youth Skills Day
16th - National Cherry Day, World Snake Day
17th - National Ice Cream Day, World Emoji Day
18th - World Listening Day, Nelson Mandela International Day
20th - National Hot Dog Day (US), International Chess Day, World Jump Day
22nd - Sun enters Leo, End of term for most UK schools
24th - International Self Care Day
28th - Commonwealth Games Begin, World Conservation Day
29th - Islamic New Year, International Tiger Day
30th - International Day of Friendship, International Cheesecake Day, Women's Euro's Final

If you think we missed any, head over to Instagram and let us know in the comments. 

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June 2022 - Dates for your calendar

June 2022 - Dates for your calendar

It's June people. I know, i know, I don't know how we're here already either, but looking forward to some summer sunshine and a long weekend for sure!

We have collected all the dates and holidays you may - or may not - wish to put in your calendar for June 2022.

If you make social media content or run a small business, these can be really helpful for filling out that June content calendar.

And definitely don't forget to bring your dog to work on the 24th (if it's safe and legal!).

1st - Start of Pride Month /Global Day of Parents / Start of Men's Health Month
2nd - Spring Bank Holiday
3rd - Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, National Donut Day
5th - World Environment Day, National Cancer Survivors Day
6th - Higher Education Day
8th - World Oceans Day / Best Friends Day
12th - International Children’s Day
14th - World Blood Donor Day, Flag day (US)
19th - Father's Day, Juneteenth (Freedom Day)
21st - Summer Solstice / Sun enters Cancer / International yoga day / National Selfie Day / World Music Day
22nd - GLASTONBURY!
24th - Take Your Dog to Work Day
27th - National Sunglasses Day
30th - Social Media Day / National Handshake Day

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3 Tips for managing online passwords

3 Tips for managing online passwords

How do you remember all those passwords and login details? If you’ve ever wasted time resetting passwords or swore quietly under your breath locking yourself out of accounts with the wrong password (yeah, calling ourselves out here), we have some tips for you. 

On December 21st  2021, just at our busiest time of the year for calendars - our Facebook and Instagram accounts were hacked! No access whatsoever, lots of money spent on the account by hackers - and most importantly, all the hard work we prepped for ALL YEAR gone. Well, if that wasn’t a lesson to ensure we protect our online accounts, I don’t know what is. 

We’re now back on socials (it took 8 weeks and endless emails to Facebook to sort it out). So we thought we’d share the urgency of keeping your passwords strong and safe. 

Passwords like underwear quote

Use strong passwords

Although we know not to, it’s easy to rely on the same couple of passwords for EVERYTHING and for most of us, at this stage of life on the internet, everything tends to be quite a lot.

So what makes a good password?

  • It’s different for every account
  • Don't use something that’s easy to guess. Nope - not 12345678, P@ssword or IloveChelsea 
  • It’s long and complex - mathematically, it makes it harder for hackers to crack. 

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So how do you generate safe passwords?

One method is to

  • Think of a phrase with at least eight words - marmite and peanut butter is the best breakfast 
  • Take the first letter of each word - mapbitbb
  • Make a couple of them upper case - MaPbitbb
  • Switch one out for a number - MaPb1tbb
  • Replace one with a special character - M@Pb1tbb
  • Add something different for each place that you use it - like B for bank, I for Instagram and so on - M@Pb1tbbB

If you're happy to use a random password, most browsers have a built-in safe password generator function.

And now that you have safe passwords, all you have to do is remember them!

Use a password record

One of the easiest ways to stay organised with your passwords and login information is to use a password record. We’ve all been there, hunting for an elusive password or losing time resetting them. Having one dedicated place to store all your login details, usernames and passwords saves a tonne of time and frustration. It’s also great for those who are not comfortable using digital solutions.

Just be sure to use it safely:

  1. Keep the password book somewhere safe in your home or office, and not with your device (especially not in a bag with a laptop, for example).
  2. If you don't want to write down the exact password, you could write down a hint instead.

Password manager

Use a digital password vault

If you’re sharing login details with a team or within your family and you’re happy using digital tools - a good option for managing your passwords may be to use a digital password manager. 

Since the hack, we have made some changes and we now use a solution from LastPass for our team. It eliminates the need to memorise login details, makes it easy to share details between us and the Chrome plugin helps make sure that we’re using secure passwords everywhere. It stores all passwords and personal information encrypted in a secure vault and makes it super easy to manage. 

To recap:

  • Use strong passwords with a system that is memorable to you
  • Use a password record
  • Next level - Consider a password vault

 

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May 2022 - Dates for your calendar

May 2022 - Dates for your calendar

So what's happening in May we hear you ask?

We have rounded up all important and not so important May 2022 calendar dates for you below. 

If you're a content creator, social media manager or run a small business, use them to build your social calendar or to plan your marketing.

Or, you might just like to plan a pizza party on April 20th - and May the Force be with you on the 4th ⭐️!

1st - May day / World laughter day
2nd - Early May Bank Holiday / Eid al-Fitr
4th - Star Wars Day
5th - Cinco de Mayo
6th - National Nurses Day
7th - World Password Day
8th - Mother's Day US
11th - National Eat What You Want Day
12th - World Cocktail Day / International Hummus Day / National Limerick Day
15th - International Day of Families
16th - National Vegetarian Week starts / Love a Tree Day
17th - World Baking Day / National Walnut Day /International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia
18th - International Museums Day
20th - World Bee Day / National Pizza Party Day
21st - Sun enters Gemini / National Bike to Work Day
23d - Victoria Day CA
24th - Chelsea Flower Show starts
28th - International Hamburger Day / World Hunger Day
29th - National Biscuit Day
30th - National BBQ Week starts / Memorial day US

If you think we missed any, head over to Instagram and let us know in the comments. 

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The 2022-2023 Mid Year Calendar Collection

The 2022-2023 Mid Year Calendar Collection

Looking for a stylish mid year calendar?

The 2023 collection has officially dropped. Meet the new range of stylish calendars with functional artwork to brighten up your home or office.

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How we do it: 3 plastic-free packaging supplier sources

How we do it: 3 plastic-free packaging supplier sources
Finding sustainable packaging can be tricky as a small business. We've done all the research, and today we're sharing the sources for the best products we've found that meet our sustainability commitments. Sustainability decisions affect everyone on this planet - so let's share what we know. Continue reading

April 2022 - Dates for your calendar

April 2022 - Dates for your calendar

Spring is in the air! Let all the hunting this month be for eggs, not dates - we have rounded up all important and non-important April 2022 calendar dates for you below. 

If you run a business, use these to generate social media content or for your marketing calendar. Or - just remember to make a note in your calendar to appreciate your plants on April 13th and make time for tea on the 21st.

If you think we missed any, head over to Instagram and let us know in the comments.

1st - April fool's day/International fun at work day
2nd - Start of Ramadan(date varies)/Autism awareness day
3d - Find a rainbow day
7th - World health day
9th - Unicorn day
10th - Siblings day
11th - National pet day
13th - National plant appreciation day
15th - Good Friday / World art day
16th - World circus day / Full (pink) moon
17th - Easter Sunday
18th - Easter Monday
19th - Bicycle day
20th - Sun enters Taurus
21st - National tea day
22nd - Earth day
23d - St George's day / National Shakespeare day
25th - Penguin Day
27th - Tell a story day
30th - International jazz day
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The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

We have the perfect mothers' day gift (I know, I know, every brand claims that, but hear me out).

The Birthday Calendar is a gift that mums just love. It's useful and it's pretty. It's something they will look at every day of the year for years to come. Plus, it will help them stay organised in keeping all the family birthdays together, because let’s face it - this job generally falls on mums.. 

If you don't know about our birthday calendars, read on.

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