I’ve recently picked up a few new bits for my home and office in Home Bargains, B & M and a few other places. I’d been pretty good with my money for the last few months, and I’ve got enough beauty products to last me a while yet. I do go through phases of what I buy, beauty, fashion or stuff for the home, but this month I did want to buy a travel coffee mug to take my homemade coffee out with me, my other one was really not fit for purpose anymore. So with some  left over birthday money just burning a hole in my pocket, I popped into  few of my favourite stores and ended up coming out with some other goodies too, I also thought they’d look great as props in my blog or Instagram photos.

I’d been looking in quite a few shops for the perfect travel mug, one that wasn’t too plain or a ridiculous price, and finally found this cute  white, pink and black one with Hello Gorgeous printed on the front for £1.99 from B & M. Isn’t it just adorable, and such a bargain.

It was also my first time shopping in B & M and oh my word, they had some really great stuff in there, things that had been on my wishlist from other stores but were way out of my budget.

While on the subject of travel mugs, I found this gorgeous gold striped flask with a straw for £2.99 from Home Bargains. It not only looks cute but will be perfect for taking juice or smoothies out with me when the weather gets warmer, I’ll also use it at home when I’m in the office to encourage me to drink more water during the day.

Wandering up and down the aisles in B & M, as you do, I came across this mini white wooden tray for £3.99. It’s a perfect size for my morning tea and breakfast in bed, and it’s also going to be fantastic for using in photos on my blog or Instagram.

I hadn’t taken much notice of what fragrance this candle was at first, it was the pretty rose gold patterned pot that caught my eye, and it’s a decent size. Then I smelt the Vanilla scent, it’s soooo lovely! It reminds me of warm, summer days, ice creams on the beach and holidays.  Another fantastic purchase for £2.99 from Home Bargains.

The little copper pot is just one of those basic things that will always come in useful somewhere in the house and is actually for storing tea or sugar, but I bought it to keep my cotton wool pads in on my bathroom shelf. It cost me a grand total of £1 from Poundland!

The little heart plate was also from Home bargains and was only £1.29, it’s going to be perfect for using on my bedside cabinet to keep all the little essentials I may need and my most worn jewellery. I think it looks absolutely adorable!

I absolutely love the smell of this Winter Berries room spray, I don’t think it’s one that’s necessarily for the winter, it’s more of a sweet floral fragrance that’s not too over powering. Again it come from Home Bargains and cost £2.99.

With so many candle holders in my house, I had to stock up on some more tea lights, this time I thought I’d pick up some cute pink ones with a light lavender fragrance. They come in a pack of 30 from Wilkos and only cost £1.50.

I seem to get through so many note books, it’s unbelievable. I use them for all sorts, planning my blog posts, writing down my thoughts and feelings, to do lists and wishlists. Let’s face it, there’s nothing like starting a shiny new notebook especially when they look as gorgeous as these. All three came from home bargains, both the black polka dot one and the cream and rose gold one were 99p, and the pink one cost £1.29.

I love having cute things in my office, such as these pastel binder clips, not only are they going to be useful for hanging things off my notice board but don’t they look adorable with things like “OMG”, “Urgent” and “Get It Done” printed on each one. Another bargain from B & M for only £1.99!

I do love to give my hand written letters that personal touch and make them look all pretty with washi tape, I also use it in scrap books and journals. I picked up this pack of 13 cute assorted designs from B & M for just £1.99.

Sticky notes always come in handy for urgent reminders. I was in Sainsburys doing my food shop when I came across this little tin of assorted patterns on 2 different sizes. It costs me slightly more at £6.00, but I’ve found some of the cheaper ones don’t stick quite as well. Anyway, it looks so pretty sitting on my desk!

And last but by no means least, the cosy stuff! No matter what time of year it is, there are some days I just cannot get warm, even with the heating on. Then there are the days I may not be feeling well and just want to snuggle up and watch something on Netflix. So yes, I have bought two faux fur cushions and two huge faux fur pillows for my bed. They are all super soft and fluffy it makes me want to dive right on them and feel like I’m floating on the clouds!

  • Cream Throw £10.00 from Home Bargains
  • Brown Fluffy Cushion £3,99 from Home Bargains
  • Cream Cushion £5.00 from Poundland (they are now doing some things in their stores for more than a pound)
  • Brown Throw £7.00 from Wilkos ( sale item, originally cost £15.00)

Hope you enjoyed this haul and seeing all the gorgeous new additions for my home.

Have you purchased any little treasures recently?

 

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Pamper Night

Everyone needs a good old pampering session once in a while, even just 15 minutes here and there can do you the world of good. Actually taking time to relax and completely switch off from the outside world does wonders for me and makes me feel a whole lot better and ready to take on what ever the next few days have in store.

Every so often I like to make sure I have at least a couple of hours for a full on pamper night, usually at the weekends and especially if I’ve had a really rubbish week. Not only does it do my body good by using all my favourite beauty treats but it helps clear my mind, making me see things a lot clearer and feeling better about myself.

Whatever you choose to do, whenever you choose to have a pamper session, believe me, you’ll feel absolutely wonderful afterwards. You can always invite a few friends round for a pyjama sleep over, that’s usually great fun. Personally, I enjoy my own company so tend to indulge in a pampering session by myself.

Here’s how I spend my perfect pamper night.

Pamper Night Routine

 

Candles

I light some gorgeous smelling candles to help me to relax, some of my favourite ones have come from Home Bargains.

Music

I’ll pop on some relaxing music, usually whatever my favourite playlist on Spotify happens to be at the time.

Beauty products for a pamper evening

Tea

I then like to make a huge mug of tea as I find this instantly makes me feel chilled out.

Skincare

I’ll take my mug of tea into the bathroom, along with my mobile so I can carry on listening to music, and then I’ll do my skincare routine. At the moment I’m using Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish to get rid of any dirt and oils from throughout the day. Sometimes I’ll use a gentle facial exfoliator on areas that may seem extra dry or flaky.

Winter Skincare Essentials

Formula 10.0.6 Mud Mask

Face Mask

I love to use a face mask  and let it get to work on my skin while I’m in the bath, they seem to make my complexion look a lot brighter, and let’s face it, just laying there with a mask on for a while is a wonderful feeling and some of them smell divine!

Lush Spring Treats

A Bath

Next, I run a bath and pop in one of my favourite bath products, which at the moment happens to be the Lush Rose Jam Bubbleroon, it not only smells amazing but turns your bath water into the most gorgeous pink swirls. I also love to use a body scrub to get rid of any dead skin, usually on my elbows, feet and knees. Then I’ll have a good, long soak in the bath.

Winter Skincare Essentials

 

Winter Skincare Essentials

Moisturisers

Once I’ve got out of the bath I’ll apply a facial serum and nourishing night cream on my face, my skin always looks a lot healthier in the mornings. I’ll use my favourite body butter or cream to make my skin feel super soft.

Comfortable Clothing

The last thing I want to do now is get into tight, uncomfortable, clothing, so I’ll pop on a loose top and trousers or a pair of cosy pjs and wrap up in a warm fluffy robe, then head off to the bedroom.

W7 Nail Polish in shade Fluorescent Pink

Nails

If I’m feeling really adventurous this is when I like to paint my nails, at the moment I love wearing bolder nail polish, and will always finish with a speed dry top coat, 2 minutes and my nails are dry, which is excellent for impatient people like me!

Comforting Drink

Depending what time of year it is, I like to make a warm relaxing drink, either a herbal tea or a hot chocolate, grab a couple of chocolate biscuits and snuggle up on the bed.

Netflix

I love watching TV in bed and I’ll scroll through to find a film to watch or catch up with whatever TV series I’m into at the time, whilst enjoying my chocolate treats, ooooh delicious!

What better way to spend the perfect pamper night at home!

 

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Making lists always seems to have a calming effect for me, even writing the all important to do list makes me feel organised and a lot less stressed every day. There are other lists I’ve made over the years that have really seemed to help with my wellbeing and how my mood is in general.

I was given the book “The 52 Lists Project” for my birthday and it’s such a wonderful idea, isn’t it strange how just writing a list can have that effect on you? When you think about it, even writing down a list of all the things you need from the supermarket can make you feel less stressed when you actually go in there, mind you I never stick to mine, so that’s probably a bad example!

There are 5 lists that I try to take the time and write down as often as I can.

Want I Want To Achieve

This can be as simple as what I want to do that day, but also my goals and hopes for the month and year, it gives me something to aim for and keeps me motivated. It helps me to prioritise areas of my life so I’m not left stressing over the important things at the last minute and reminds me to add in some fun things too.

What Makes Me Happy

This list is a great for de-stressing, It reminds me that whatever other rubbish is going on in my life or around the world there are still quite a lot of things that make me happy. I often write 3 things in my diary that have made me happy that day, no matter how small it may seem, it’s something personal to me and has put a smile on my face.

What I’m Grateful For

I can very often over look some of the good things I have in my life, I can easily sit there and list off things I wish I had or was doing, so by writing a list of things that are already in my life that I’m so grateful for can help me refocus my mind and not think about all the negative things that may be happening to me at the time.

What I like About Myself

I find this list the hardest one to write, it’s easy to list all the things I don’t like about myself, so why do I find it difficult the other way round? But when I think of at least 3 things I like about myself it gives my self esteem a real boost!

Things That Motivate Me

I’m sure the list of things that motivate me will be very similar to yours, so when I’m feeling really lazy and need a kick up the backside I’ll go straight to my list to get me going again. I also have a list of people who motivate me, the ones that believe in me and that I can achieve everything I would like to achieve in life, so I’ll turn to those people for help and advice. A certain goal I’m aiming for can also help motivate me and help me refocus with what I’m meant to be doing.

Do you like to write lists? What ones really help you to refocus in your life?

 

 

 

 

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Christmas 2016

It’s really starting to feel like Christmas now, with just over a week to go until the fun really begins and our families get together for the holidays and drive each other mad after only a few hours, but honestly I wouldn’t have it any other way!

As soon as December 1st arrived I dug out last years Christmas jumper and my decorations went up, I’ve even put a small tree in my office to make it look a bit more festive in there as this is where I spend a lot of my time.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

I’ve finished wrapping up all of my Christmas presents, written out all the cards and queued up in the Post Office to send gifts for family and friends who live far way. This year, for close family members I decided to have some photos printed into Christmas cards. I chose four of my favourite pictures that Adrian has taken while out with his camera. The berries and robin photos were taken in our back garden, the one of the shop is a local one in town all lit up for Christmas and the deer photo was taken in the woods near to where we live. I was then able to write my own special message inside to make it a bit more personal.

At the end of November Adrian and I went into town to watch the Christmas lights switch on. It was freezing cold so I wrapped up in my thick Parka jacket, my faux fur lined boots and popped on my new woolly bobble hat, I wanted to have fun, not stand there shivering all night! It was already packed with people by the time we got there and there were plenty of stalls and entertainers to keep us all amused while we waited. The first thing I did was head to Costa and treat myself to a festive hot chocolate, like I said, I wanted to be warm. Then at 6.15pm the count down began, and on the count of one…….nothing! There was a technical glitch, whoops, luckily everyone was in good spirits so we counted down again and this time it worked. There was a local band playing all the old Christmas songs we know and love, so everyone was having a good old dance and sing along (slightly merrily and out of tune, haha!)

Dennis came along for the evening to entertain all the children and he even put his fairy lights on to get in the festive spirit!

Christmas 2016

My cousin has been staying with me for the last few weeks and we’ve generally been having a wonderful time doing loads of fun things together. We went along to a Christmas market, which really put us both in a festive mood, obviously we had to sample a few of the mince pies and a glass of mulled wine. We also paid a visit to Home Bargains so that I could pick up a few things for a Christmas get together at my house next week.  This time I bought the Wickfords Apple and Spice candle, which smells gorgeous and 100 fairy lights to hang round my living room. So that evening I sat with my feet up, eating a mince pie and watching Miracle On 34th Street while Adrian hung them up! It was the first time I’d watched this feel good Christmas film, if you’ve not seen it then I highly recommend you give it a go, you’ll love it! My cousin and I both had our eyebrows threaded ready for any photos over Christmas, plus I finally got round to having my hair trimmed and roots redone, which was long over due, luckily I’ve been able to wear a hat to hide any dark patches, hurray for hats! It’s been lovely having my cousin stay and enjoying some female company, although I’d forgotten how long she takes to get ready in the bathroom in the mornings!

I had planned on doing Blogmas, but then I got poorly with this dreaded flu like bug that’s been going around and I’d had a few personal issues to deal with so I really wasn’t able to focus on much at all. When I did start to feel better I was so far behind and couldn’t think of anything new that wasn’t being done already. I am really cross with myself as I wanted my blog to be so much better than last year as I’d only done a few posts by this point in 2015.

As well as having loads of fun over the Christmas period I will also so be taking some time to remember close members of my family who are no longer with us and after dinner on Christmas Day I’ll be raising a drink to them all.

 

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silver snowflake jewellery from jewellerybox

Are you feeling festive yet? It’s the most wonderful time of the year and definitely a time to get all the sparkles out.

Jewellerybox is an online retailer based in London and they have the most adorable festive items for you to choose from, all at affordable prices. They have wonderful bracelets, earrings, necklaces and so much more, there is literally something that will suit everyone’s style. There’s even the option of having an item personalised if you’re buying a gift for someone else.

I love adding a sparkly piece of jewellery to complete my outfit whatever the occasion but I also enjoy adding an element of fun with my accessories around Christmas time. You can imagine my excitement when I received this beautiful necklace  and cute pair of earrings from Jewellerybox. Honestly, you really will fall in love with everything on their website because I certainly did!

earings and necklace from jewellerybox.com

The first item of jewellery in my package is this sweet pair of Sterling Silver Snowflake Stud Earrings. They are so simple and delicate and I have already worn them loads this week. The earrings can be worn on their own or with the matching necklace and still look stunning. They really will add a festive touch to any outfit but I think they will still look gorgeous worn during other times of the year too.

The next item in my package is this adorable 18 inch Sterling Silver Snowflake necklace. I think it’s such a beautiful piece of jewellery. The length of the chain is just perfect and the pendant measures about 0.8 cm in height, it’s such a simple and delicate necklace, but perfect for Christmas time. Again, it can be worn on it’s own or paired with the matching earrings and still look gorgeous. I’ve worn it a few times this week and have had people comment on how pretty it is! I’m absolutely in love with this necklace, I think it’s too cute just be be worn at Christmas, don’t you?

Each piece of jewellery comes in a shabby chic style box and then each box is wrapped in brown paper and tied up with string with a little tag. I absolutely love it!

Overall, I’m really pleased with the quality of the necklace and earrings, I’ll definitely be wearing them a lot more over the coming months!

So if you’re looking for some fun, festive jewellery then I really recommend checking out jewellerybox.co.uk as they have some absolutely gorgeous pieces in stock. They would also make the perfect smaller gift for someone or a Secret Santa present, whoever receives them I’m sure will just love them as much as I do.

*This post contains PR items that have been gifted to me

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