Gratitude, Poems and Apples

Book- Tender Moments by Niyi Osundare

I am grateful to begin the week centred in peace. To be alive, grateful to be able to wake before dawn to pray, meditate and say positive affirmations to myself.

How To Read Poetry Collections

I am also grateful to have stellar poetry collections to read and reread. One thing no one will tell you is that you should read and reread a poetry collection. Intially I used to try to read the poems in sequence but often dumped them halfway.

I’ll advise you read a poetry collection;

  • Table of contents first to know if the poems are grouped into themed sections.
  • Skim through the titles then read poems whose titles interest you. Try to read poems from each themed section.
  • You might not finish reading a poetry collection once. And that’s okay. Go back from time to time to read poems you didn’t read.
  • Also reread those you’ve read. You’ll be surprised how you’ll interpret them differently.
  • Share your favourite poems with the world. Tell friends, post it on social media, discuss it. Get the word out about poems that got you thinking, blushing, angry or puzzled. Recommend the collection to others.


I am aware that these moments won’t always be here. As such I’m attentive, present and conscious. Its delightful spooning chocolately cereal and fresh apple slices while reading love poems. A small green apple in Yola is N100 while bigger red ones are N200. I’d have gotten them N60, N100 respectively in Lagos. Most fruits are expensive here in Adamawa except watermelon, sugarcane and oranges. An informative article I read yesterday, Want a Thriving Vagina? Here are 3 things you must know about the vagina, shared a list of fruits that alter the taste and smell of the vagina. I know about pineapples, I’ve been eating them twice weekly since February. Watermelon, Apples, lots of Water, Grapes, Yoghurt, etc also interestingly help.

I decided to consciously eat drink more water and fruits), exercise (kegel) and care (warm water rinses) for my vagina during these past months of abstinence. I can testify that I feel the difference. My natural vagina scent is pleasant and crisp without odour of sweat Although more discharge lubricates Lotus. When will you name your vagina?

Before settling down to read law for this final week of lectures I’m basking in warm sunlight eating juicy fruits. Soon, the temperature will peak from 35° to 43° and I’ll sweat buckets of gold.

Gratitude Journalling

Last week I began writing a daily gratitude list in my journal after stopping for a month. It’s been humbling reflecting on the the simple to big (good/kind) things that happen daily. I’ll encourage you to begin journaling things you are grateful for. Don’t exclude yourself, your features or actions from this list. At the end of each week or month read through your list.

From Lagos with Love, new collection by Littartbyai

Littart by Aì is a Nigerian stationery brand that creates handmade Fabric covered notebooks. They launched a new notebook collection From Lagos with Love with gratitude journals( Shamama, Uju, Àlàrí above). If you’d like to begin gratitude journaling, click the picture above to place an order. Read my review of my last purchase from their Sanaa collection here.


My old closie clocked 21 in September. Thinking of what to gift this fantasy fiction, stationery, skin care loving Gem. Made me remember I hadn’t published a review of Littartbyai and JustJournal_ng and their notebooks. Growing up, exercise books were filled with secrets, aspirations, class notes and my fiction stories. Its why I’m delighted Aviva exercise books have books with African comics from Comic Republic at their back covers.

I digress. Fast forward to when I began journalling my to-do-lists, goals-book blog ideas, daily expenses etc . Getting chic hardcover notebooks became a necessary expense for my health, creativity and much more. When my Rovingheights notebook from the Christmas Poetry Set finished I was so sad. I searched out Littartbyai on Instagram since i really liked that notebook. Being a stationery lover I was confused on who I should get my new notebooks from. JustJournal_ng, a Nigerian positive self-affirmation, stationery account I follow or Littartbyai, African fabric notebook makers. I decided I can’t have two many notebooks or books. I reviewed the notebooks and the maker companies in order of how I received delivery. I placed my orders and transferred payments on the same day.


Firstly, I must commend their unique, artsy books and Instagram account. Placing my order was simple enough. After viewing, lusting and liking notebooks on their page I sent a dm. They had notebooks from their new collection, Sanaa, available for sale at a launch discount. I ordered Anike and Ewa notebooks. Customer Service was prompt, polite and engaging. My text messages were responded to. They sent dms and called until my books got delivered.

Ewa Notebook, Littartbyai

Anike Notebook, Littartbyai

Delivery was made the Tuesday after the weekend I ordered. Each A5, ruled cream colored,100 pages notebook cost N1,500. There are also A6 sized ones. The delivery fee was reasonable until the delivery app messed with it. I had to pay an exorbitant price but Ifeoluwa offered to refund the N800 excess after apologizing. I love the notebooks themselves. The packaging was really beautiful.

Each notebook had positive quotes. Its an artistic package with a hand written thank you note from Littartbyi. I highly recommend their notebooks. Asides being great for writing. These beauties make stunning book flatlay props. Littartbyai has liked pictures with their notebooks on my Instagram. Don’t forget to use the #littartbyai hashtag.

Aren’t the African print covers just so exotic!



Corny Adult-tins by AmethystShotX

I fell in love with this notebook months before I bought it. Corny Adult-tins is one of my favorite pictures. I took it two days after the notebook was delivered to my Faculty of Law at Lasu Ojo Campus in Lagos, Nigeria. The notebook came with a cute pen that writes. Both were packaged in that thick brown envelope sealed with a sticker. Just Journal has liked pictures with their notebooks and my Medium posts featuring Corny Adult-tins.

Just Journal notebooks are simple and cute. I love self improvement and their notebooks offer just that. I enjoy reading their posts on Instagram because I learn a lot about productivity and random life facts. This notebook comes in spiral spine but I wanted it bound. Its nice I could get this option. It has white, ruled 100 pages in their signature A5 sized notes. I had to wait a bit for it to be back in stock. I paid N2,500 for this notebook. Its order was placed through Instagram direct messages. I got the delivery late due to certain issues. But I received apologies. I’ll still share more pictures when I begin using this notebook. I’m saving it for Law School. The Customer Service was polite and accommodating..I changed my delivery address thrice! Plus I got a direct message inquiring about my exams progress, how thoughtful!

I don’t think many logistics companies in Nigeria know they play a vital role in business. Without their efficiency SMEs will lose customers. They need to step up big time. Anyway, I ended up giving away the Anike Notebook to the celebrant. I hope this review is helpful.