Toward the end of last year my little brother, his wife, my niece and nephew moved from Bournemouth to Essex where my sister-in-law grew up. It was a big shock when they announced they were moving and of course I was gutted. Long distance relationships of any nature are hard and at times can be upsetting.
Anyone who knows me or has read my blog knows I LOVE stationery. Notebooks, planners and pens are some of my favourite things to shop for. I had seen the Happy Planner on social media and then a colleague at work showed me her Happy Planner. It was so pretty and I was completely sold! I knew I
wanted needed one! I love the feeling of a fresh new year and the feeling of hope to be organised and prepared. These planners are definitely a way to help me do that. I thought I would share with you the features and benefits of using this planner. If you are looking for a planner I would highly recommend the Happy Planner.
I love the excitement of a brand new year, the sense of an ultimate fresh start. New opportunities. You can make it anything you want it to be. A time to set new goals and learn from the year before.
In the Winter, I always drink far more tea. I love tea! I do not like coffee, sometimes I feel I am one of the only bloggers who dislikes coffee haha. A cup of tea, a snuggly blanket and one of my favourite t.v shows is one of my favourite self-care evenings.
It is the lead up to Christmas and so I thought it be a good festive post to share on my blog. I have decided that working full-time over Christmas, studying and fitting in family and a social life I will not be doing blogmas. I will post more often throughout December but I am not going to put pressure on myself to blog everyday. However, I am looking forward to reading others’ blogmas posts.
When I was younger I used to collect badges and pin them to my teddy pj holder (yes, I had one of those when I was younger and yes I still have it) and I have so many badges from when I was extremely young. So when I saw badges on Pastel Elixir and knew I had to purchase them for my collection. THEN I discovered Enamel Pins….oh dear is all I can say haha! There are so many different pins all over the internet and I just want them all! I have such a small collection so far and I am looking forward to purchasing more.
It is that time again where I share with you what I have received in my Blogbox this time around. This edition has a festive theme – which I love. Steff and Sam face done a great job finding great festive goodies to put in this edition of Blogbox.
Sometimes with everything going on in the world and in our lives individually, it can sometimes feel like there is so much negativity or stress and not enough light. I saw kindness challenges on Pinterest and it got me thinking about random acts of kindness I could action to make others smile. I thought I would share 10 of the random acts of kindness I came up with.
I am really excited to be writing this post. I really enjoy collaborations with other bloggers. You can see the box swap that I did with Hello Bexa here. This collab is with the wonderful Lisa from Lisa’s Notebook. We decided on a Christmas self-care box which I was so excited to go shopping for to fill the box with treats.
If you don’t already follow Lisa (Why not? You are missing out!) she has a beautiful blog where she writes about her adventures, reviews and tags. Lisa is one of my favourite lifestyle bloggers to read, she has a great style of writing. She is also really supportive of other bloggers on social media. You should definitely check out her Instagram feed, as her photography is beautiful!
Lisa sent me a gorgeous box of goodies!
Yankee candles and candle holder
I love candles and they are a great way to make an environment so relaxing and calm. I enjoy having them lit when I am in the bath. The candle holder is so cute and the design is so Christmassy. The two candles are Cranberry Twist and Cranberry Pear. They smell so delicious. They are both such festive scents and I am looking forward to lighting them in the lead up to and over Christmas.
Now the weather is getting colder, it is the time of the year where we get to break out the cosy jumpers and the scarfs. So I was super happy when I opened that present. It is a beautiful colour and it is really soft, I am looking forward to wearing it.
Goal Digger notebook & Santoro Notebook & Pens
Anyone who knows me, knows that I love stationery, so notebooks are always a great gift for me. I love the gold foil polka dots, they are so cute. The little notebook is so cute, it also has a pocket inside to store papers. This notebook is going to be so handy for work, as I always have random bits of paper in my pockets, so this is the perfect size! I like using gel pens, they make my notebooks so colourful and another pen that I now use at work.
“Fly away with me” print
This print is so cute and will definitely feature in my blog posts and then be on my wall with all my other prints. It is so cute and colourful.
Raspberry & Champagne chocolates
I have never tried chocolates with these flavours before, they look so beautiful. So I am looking forward to tasting them!
Scrub Love Coconut & Mango body scrub
Self-care to me is all about pampering myself and looking after myself. I love a body scrub it makes my skin feel so soft. Especially during the winter months my skin always needs some extra attention. This body scrub will be included in my next pamper evening!
Christmas tree decorations
Look how cute these look! I love the tree decorations and decorating the tree is so much fun. So these will definitely be going on my tree when we put it up. I mean I think its a little bit early for it yet, right?!
The Scottish Fine Soaps Company Hand & Nail Cream
During these winter months my hands get so dry, especially when I am at work so this was a great fit for me! I go through so much hand cream, so this one is going into my handbag. It smells lovely and it is so hydrating.
English Tea Shop Spiced Red Fruits
I love a good cup of tea, I have never tried spiced teas before and I am looking forward to trying them. Spiced red fruits is such a festive flavour.
This was such a fun collaboration to do with Lisa and it got me in the festive spirit and I had so much fun shopping for the goodies. Thank you so much Lisa for my lovely gifts, they are so festive and are so me! Thank you for collaborating with me, I would love to do it again soon. You should head over to Lisa’s blog and see what goodies I put in Lisa’s Christmas self-care swap box and check out her other content, you will not be disappointed.
What is your favourite item from my box I received? I’d love to hear in the comments.