Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Stationery Haul

I am a sucker for stationery, I have so much. I really do not need anymore, but I'm always looking out for more. Does anyone else collect all things stationery? Do you have more notebooks than Paperchase?

One very dull and wet day my daughter and I popped into Cambridge. I was very excited as I would get to visit John Lewis, Tiger and Paperchase. We parked up, making a note of the floor we are on (I am good at forgetting so I take a photo)

First stop was Paperchase, Oh so many new and pretty things. I decided to look at the postcards first, picking up a couple that made me smile. They may become dashboards for my planner or maybe just to make me smile when looking at my noticeboard.

Having seen some washi tape I liked online we went on a search. Oh my I picked it up to my daughter saying "really mum? you don't need more washi" I can forgive her, she does not understand!

Next into Tiger, because we had gone in early the shop was nearly empty. I was a little disappointed as nothing really stood out. I think was visited in between seasons so not much new to see. I did pick up this pack of sticky notes, liking the colours especially the black ones.

OK now to pop into John Lewis, I had a £25 voucher burning a hole in my pocket. I headed straight to the Kate Spade stationery as I knew this is where I would spend my voucher. Lusting after the gold dot pencil case for a while and today was the day she was coming home with me :)

So pretty, she contains 2 pencils, ruler, eraser and pencil sharpener 

Back to the car and onto Hobby Craft. I did not find much at all that took my eye, but they had a load of new washi tape

When I returned home with my bag of new goodies I was greeted with a order I had made with Cloudy Cow.

Perfect stickers to use in my snail mail and journal. 

Such a lovely day spent looking around shops and laughing with my daughter :)

Saturday, 27 February 2016

My Cath Kidston Wish List

Hello you lovely people, how are you all?

It's been lovely and sunny here in the UK but oh so very cold

Have you seen the new Spring/Summer patterns at Cath Kidston? I'm in love, the patterns are stunning

So here it is my Cath Kidston wish list...

I am always looking at the clothing, however as a larger lady nothing fits me. Why dont they make larger sizes?!!  My daughter loves the tea dresses so I buy pretty things of her.

Now for bags...

How about a bit of homeware...
Cath Kidston have really upped their stationery game...


Whats on your wish list??

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Adult Colouring

How are you all?

Back into the swing of things after Christmas?

I wanted to share with you today the wonderful world of adult colouring (not nude and risky images, although I'm sure there are colouring books along this theme) I find colouring very calming and relaxing. As a chronic pain sufferer its really helped me to get through times of a bad flare.

I have been dipping my toe into the world of colouring revolution, but for Christmas I received not one, not two now you might be thinking its got to be three, but no you are wrong its four! I received four colouring books for Christmas from different people and none of them were the same! Amazing...

With my colour pencils all sharpened and the way if you become a serious colourer ( I class myself as such) then its worth investing in a electric sharpener. I picked mine up from WHSmiths and has saved me from developing RSI in my hand.

Sometimes I use pens and paints, but my favourite are pencils as you can blend and they don't leak through to the image on the other side leaving it useless!

A day does not pass without me doing colouring in some form. The image above is from the Lost Ocean book, Its a lovely book and is my go to at the moment. I do like Johanna Basford's books the best, such lovely illustrations.

You can find some sample pages here so you can print out and give it a try. Let me know how you get on :)

Do you enjoy colouring? Can you recommend any good books?

Hope you are all well

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Let me introduce you to Rupert

How is everyone? The days are well and truly turning to winter and the heating has been on the past few days. Although I'm currently siting in my conservatory and the sun is shining through the glass, its quite pleasant in here.

I thought it was about time I introduced you to Rupert our new house bunny. We got Rupert as we thought the time was right. Our beloved Hercules bunny passed away a year ago leaving a massive hole in our lives. We were not sure we would have another bunny, but my daughter had been looking after a neighbours bunnies and it really made us realise how much we miss having one in our lives.

So off we went to the local pet shop which had just opened in our village and fell in love with a bunny who would become to be known as Rupert.
My daughter stood in the middle of the shop giving him a hug and he just stayed on her enjoying the closeness.

Would you like to meet him?

Rupert is a Lion head lop cross, his almost 6 months old now and is so full of personality. He has our hearts, he is so sweet. If any of you follow me on instargram you will have seen he gets upto all sorts.

The sweetest thing he does is when he sleeps he pops one paw under his head as he lays down. Ive tried so hard to take a good photo, but he keeps waking up!

He also makes good company for watching Downton Abbey. After I drop the children off at school on a monday I make a cuppa and Rupert and I sit on the sofa to watch.

We have also managed to train him to ask for treats, so he goes to the corner of the room on his back legs. 
We are so pleased we went looking for a bunny the day we did as Rupert is such a sweet, funny and loving bunny

Do any of you have a house bunny? I would love to hear about them in the comments.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Beauty Advent Calendars 2015

I don't know about you, but I really like the new surge of beauty advent calendars on the market. Last year I had a You Beauty calendar...It was full of great beauty products and gave me the chance to try things I may other wise have not.

This year I'm on the look out for another good value calendar. I thought that I would share with you what I have found.

So in no particular order, here is a round up of the calenders I have found.

You Beauty have made another fab looking advent calendar for this year. Its Worth a staggering £330 but yours for just £59.95, an incredible saving of £270. Full of full size and sample products, You can find all the information here 

The bodyshop this year are releasing 2 calenders at different price points
The above is £60 and includes £93.50 of products. You can find a list of what is included and more information here 

Selfridges have a Cosmic Beauty calendar this year, which is £95 and contains sample sizes of many high end cosmetics. you can find information here 

Charlotte Tilbury are offering a limited edition 12 days of Christmas count down calendar. You can sign up by email to find out when it is released here  and costs £150

Benefit have again made a cracking advent calendar, Its full of mini versions of their best products. Be quick as they are sure to sell out fast at just £ can find them here

Jo Malone are again offering a very indulgent and high quality calendar this year. Its a shocking £260 and available from Harrods from the beginning of November. 

Ciate have put together a amazing nail varnish calendar for 2015. Containing 17 mini paint pot polishes, 3 mini nail treatments, 2 decorative nail toppers and a mini crystal nail file, at £49 its fantastic value too. You can find the calendar here

Tanya Burr has a beauty calendar this year and looks like its packed with great products and a steal at £25, but is currently on offer here for £15

Makeup Revolution are new comers to the advent calendar market, but have a cracker of a offering. The calendar contains 25 full size products and costs £50, you can find it here 

So many to choose you think I will get away with having them all?

Which one are you buying or are you sticking to the chocolate advent calendars?

Friday, 9 October 2015

Plan with me

Morning all, how are you all today? Is everyone loving the crisp sunny Autumn days? I so love this time of year, you can get cosy and snug.

With Halloween around the corner I thought I would decorate my happy planner for next week with a Halloween theme.
I used Paperchase black with gold dot washi tape to divide the morning, afternoon and evening sections. I then placed stickers randomly all over the week. 
I also like to change the column down the left side to a to do list for the week.
I ordered my stickers from Plan with Jade, she does a whole range of planner themed sticker kits.