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Note book Heaven at Tangible Stationery

It’s no secret that I love stationery, I mean really love stationery. I find myself buying items all the time, I now don’t think I will need another note book for about five years. However that doesn’t stop me buying more items to add to my collection of gorgeous things.

I have found recently that I love writing in fountain pen, I used to love my Parker fountain pens at school and when I was at training college my Hubby bought me one for taking notes with, its now 11 year old and hidden in the depts of my draw. However, now you can get a disposable fountain pen, which means no buying ink cartridges and loosing them and buying more only to find that 100 pack you bought a couple of days later. Made my life so much easier.

Note book Heaven at Tangible Stationery

Like I say I love note books, and Tangible Stationery have a fabulous range of gorgeous note books. Now, we all spend so much time on our screens, there is an app for just about everything, so we don’t even have to take a pen with us anywhere.

For me, I love having a note pad with me to be able to quickly jot something down. Putting pen to paper for me is a relaxing thing to do, it stops me looking at the screen of my iPhone adding notes to my apps. Plus I love being able to cross something out that isn’t suitable.

Matidla Myres produces lovely note books and diaries, I love this pink and green, rose gold foiled note books. The pages are ivory in colour and lined, with lovely rounded edges. Plus they look so pretty. The note books have a luxury feel to them, no cheap see through pages, which is great for a fountain pen lover like me. I also like that each page has a little box at the bottom so you are able to number the pages to suit your plans for the note book.

Lists made easy

I love to make lists and for me I love a magnetic note pad that sticks to the fridge, I write down things that need replacing when I do the next food shop. Or I will make lists of items I need to remember for a day out or a holiday, birthday party I really love a list. This gorgeous teal gift set from Matilda Myres, includes a lovely bright floral note book and the perfect fridge note book.

I really like the products available at Tangible Stationery, I just hope they start to expend the product range to include other items. If the quality and style of other items matches the note books, it would the place to for all of your stationery needs. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for more products.

Are you a stationery lover? What is your favourite stationery item?

 

*Thank you Tangible Stationery for sending me out these items to include within my post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Filling our home with the sound of the Radio…

Music is always being played in our house, my Hubby is a drummer or was until he drive the neighbour crazy and has had to move his beloved drum kit to my sister’s garage. Anyway, with music always in his heart it is therefore always being played in our house. Ok, we all have very different taste in music, he likes more rock style music something with a drum in or anything loud. I like more modern pop or r & b, Disney songs or the latest kids film sound track is regularly played for our daughter and our son likes whatever chart music plus believe it or not Frank Sinatra.

Sound of the radio

You will often find the TV set to one of the music channels, but with all the adverts in between the music, plus the sound quality isn’t always brilliant on the TV we have been looking at adding another couple of DAD radios to the house. I do already have a VQ Emma Bridgewater that I listen to when working at my dress. However we would like them in the kitchen/family room and our bedroom.

DAB radios offer a fabulous sound quality that you just don’t get with the standard radios, plus the option of so many radio stations there is always something on that one of us loves to listen to. My favourite radio station is radio X, my heart is still with Chris Moyles even after he left Radio 1 so many years ago.

When looking around to find that perfect DAB radio it can be a bit of a minefield, plus that prices change so much from place to place. I found Latest Deals that lists the items you want at the best prices that people have found.

So I thought I would see what they had to offer. Looking at all of the different DAB radios available on the market I was quite surprise see some great offers. 25% off VQ radios with a discount code on their vintage style radios. £10 off a retro looking Medion DAB radio with included radio for life. Half price offers on a Bush DAB compact radio. £25 off a Panasonic compact DAB radio and Bluetooth speaker making it only £44.99. And if you are looking for a hard wearing DAB for working on a construction site there is even one for £79.95 instead of £299.11, ok it’s a massive discount however not something that I would want in my house.

So many offers available on Latest Deals that there is sure to be a DAB radio that ticks all of the boxes for our needs.

Do you have a DAB radio in your house? What’s your favourite radio station?

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Latest Deals. As always thought and opinions are my own.*

Finding the perfect affordable kitchen

I don’t know about you but I get kitchen envy so very easily. Pinterest is my place too lose a couple of hours looking at amazing interiors, it just fills my head with so many ideas for what I would like to have in my forever home.

Having so many ideas for our forever home is fabulous, however it fills my Hubby’s head with worry about the costs of it all. So we either would need to wait a few years or find a more affordable priced kitchen but still with a high quality and as I am not good at waiting and saving an alternative is a must for me.

affordable kitchen

Kitchen Warehouse Ltd offers just the perfect alternative. They offer a fabulous range of complete kitchen options or even if you are just wanting to update your old cupboard doors they also offer a range of replacement kitchen doors. Also an amazing range of door handles, drawer liners, bins and just about everything else you could possibly want for your kitchen.

For me a painted solid wood kitchen is what I would go for, I really want that country living style to my kitchen. Large range cooker, island in the middle with a breakfast bar, Belfast sink, large larder style cupboards are all in my dream. I love the grey kitchens with solid wood work tops or the sage green, these would be my colour choices however depending on the fashions when I actually get hold of my dream home it might be a more classic cream.

At the kitchen warehouse they offer a wide range of colours, so don’t think that by buying online you won’t be able to find just what you are looking for. They stock, ivory, cashmere, porcelain, champagne and stone for those who are wanting a more classic style. For more modern kitchen lovers they have metallic charcoal, gloss white, star dust, tiger wood, silver wood, jet black, powder blue, ballroom blue. If like me you are looking for more of a country kitchen vibe then they have light grey, dark grey, soft mint, sage green and duck egg. They offer a wide range of styles for every taste.

The kitchen warehouse have prices starting at under £20, going up depending on what you are looking for. For me one of the best things is that if you have had a kitchen planner company in to design your dream kitchen, the design team at Kitchen Warehouse will happy send you a quote to match the design you have had drawn up. Brilliant if like me you would struggle to measure it all and add everything in making it look just perfect, it means you get the kitchen design of your dreams but at an affordable price. Which for someone like me with big dreams but a hubby who has a more affordable budget in mind is perfect.

When you bought your kitchen, what did you look for?

 

*This post was made in collaboration with Kitchen Warehouse Ltd. As always thoughts and opinions are my own. Images are from Kitchen Warehouse Ltd.*

Looking for competitive swimwear? Simply Swim has it all…

For the last few years, I have been hitting them gym 3-4 times a week or not going for months. At the moment I’m in a ‘I’ve forgotten where the gym is’ phase. But the summer is coming and I am going to get myself back down to gym. While at the gym I love to swim, but I generally wear a standard black swimsuit.

I have a couple of friends who swim competitively, they head out to competitions most weekends. They have always swam but in the last few years taken it up more seriously. Mia, my friends daughter has just turned 13 and is now swimming for the county and hitting some top times in her races.

competitive swimwear

Like I said whenever I head to the pool at the gym, I am just wearing the standard black swimsuit. So I have been speaking with them about what they like to wear while competing. I never knew that there was so many things to think about. Nose clips, hats, googles, style of swimsuit to wear. Then depending on the training they are doing, hand paddles to help with muscle strengthening, a pull kick board to help with your leg strengthening and movement through the water. Then a finger paddle to help with gliding through the water. I will be honest, I never realised they think about all of these things when taking up swimming.

What’s in a competitive swimmers kit?

I asked Mia to tell be about the items within her swim bags and show me her top picks from Simply Swim. Mia heads training 4-6 times a week depending on if she is competing at the weekend. Often heading to the pool before and after school, so snacks are always found in her bag. Mia knows that she has to put in the hours in the pool to reach her goals of heading the the Olympics in a few years.

Along with the food supplies, water bottle and towel, Mia has told me she also has 3 kneeskin’s, which is an all in one swim suit that goes up from the thighs, googles, hat and nose peg.

Top competitive swimwear from Simply Swim

Mia has put together her top picks from Simply Swim.

Mia loved this ‘Arena Powerskin Carbon air full body‘ in the plum colour. The colour is fabulous so she can be seen better through the water. The length of the shorts are just what Mia looks for when choosing her swimwear. This offers compression areas without altering the comfort of the suit, perfect for competing. Mia really likes the Arena swimwear range.

Having a great pair of goggles is really important to Mia, they allow her to race though the water with ease. Mia said that the goggles have to fit perfectly over her swim cap. These pink ‘speedo virtue mirror goggles‘ caught Mia’s eyes.

To finish off Mia’s top picks, she went for this Speedo ‘printed long hair cap‘ to keep her long hair all neatly tucked away. The caps help to make the swimmer to reduce the drag of the water. I never knew that caps came designed for long hair or short hair. It would appear that there is a lot I didn’t know about competitive swimming.

As a teenager it is also important to her that she looks great in the pool, as well as having the best equipment to help produce the best results. Although Mia is able to wear a lot of the junior swimwear ranges, she is now beginning to go into the adult range. The wonderful thing about Simply Swim is they offer both junior and adult options in the same styles. Simply Swim cater for the whole family from babies to adults, so whatever you are looking for you will be able to find.

Do you swim competitively? What’s in you kit?

I wish Mia lots of luck in her next big race weekend. Keep it up sweetheart and we shall see you at the Olympics in a few years.

 

*This post was made in collaboration with SImply Swim. As always thoughts and opinions are my own, however Mia helped me out with this post.*