Kawaii Bento Box Lunch Ideas

Bento is a Japanese tradition of packing lunch in a small, single-serve container that dates all the way back to the 1100s. When you think about how old it is, it seems crazy that the bento craze only reached the United States a couple of years ago. Kawaii character-inspired bentos, called kyaraben, are one of…

How to Celebrate Sakura Season (Hanami) in the U.S.

Each year in Japan, the cherry blossom, or sakura, trees bloom between late March and early April. It's customary to celebrate sakura season, or Hanami, with an outdoor festival or a party beneath the sakura trees. It's a dream of mine to one day visit Japan during sakura season (and get my hands on some…

How to Start Collecting Stickers | How I Organize My Sticker Collection

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning I may receive a commission from any purchases made through my blog. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting my blog! If you were born in the 90s like I was, then glittery, rainbow-colored stickers were probably a major part of your childhood. I never had…

Aesthetic J-Fashion and K-Fashion Picks

In case you haven't noticed, I am obsessed with Asian pop culture. From anime to otome games, Pokemon to K-beauty, I just can't get enough of all things Japanese and Korean. Lately, the same goes for fashion: a lot of J-fashion and K-fashion outfits are popping up in my feed, and I'm obsessed! As someone…

Reviewing Aesthetic Stationery Trends

What's your stationery aesthetic? Whether you were originally hooked on stationery by studyblr or by bullet journal Instagram,.you have probably heard the names of some stationery items repeated over and over again. Brands like Zebra, Stabilo, and Kokuyo are favorites in the aesthetic stationery community for a reason, yet they often come with a high…

Four Lucky Bags (Fukubukuro) to Help You Ring in the New Year

In the United States, the New Year is a time for $1 gym memberships -- but in Japan, it's fukubukuro, or lucky bag, season. With the exception of Tatcha's free-with-$100-purchase lucky bags (which swept the beauty news circuit), this trend unfortunately hasn't swept the U.S. yet the way some other Japanese fads have. If it…

10 Interesting DAISO Japan Products You Can Buy On Amazon

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, meaning I receive a small portion of proceeds from purchases made from my blog. This does not affect the price you pay for products or services. Thank you for supporting Heal with Haley! Confession time: I desperately wish, more than anything, that I could go to DAISO Japan. If…

How to Get Started with Penpals

Ever wished that you could still travel the world while stuck in quarantine? Having a pen pal is exactly like that! You can make a friend from a foreign country you've never visited and learn more about their language and culture, all while exchanging stationery, candy, and little trinkets from your homelands. What more could…

Where to Buy Cute Stationery on Etsy

This week, we celebrated Small Business Saturday -- and tomorrow, we will celebrate Cyber Monday. You may have already seen my blog post dedicated to the most kawaii Black Friday deals of 2020. However, today I wanted to do something different by celebrating the hardworking independent artists of Etsy in the next installment of my…