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My love of stationery – National Stationery week 2017

The 24th-31st of April 2017 is National Stationery Week and I wanted to get involved with all the fun. I love stationery simple as that.

Note books

National Stationery Week

My favourite being note books and pens. I have so many lovely notebooks. I keep one in my hand bag, just in case I have an amazing idea while out and about. There is one by the bed, because it was so annoying when I come up with fabulous blog posts in the middle of the night, but I have forgotten by the morning. I love nothing more than popping into a shop and seeing a pretty note book that I just have to have.

Anyway, everyone knows I love note books, but I thought I would share with you my other stationery loves too.

Planner

National Stationery Week

My Kikki K planner, stylish, chic and fun, soft to touch leather and full of everything I could possibly need. Space for my business cards to sit, or other lovely cards I have picked up at various events. Space for my calendar, which is so important for planning everything, my whole life evolves around my calendar. There are contact pages, notes for meetings, extra information, a section for each of the blogs. Note paper and cute little zipped pockets for storing things in.

I love the Kikki K range. There are so many beautiful items that I just want to take home with me. I visited their shop in Covent Gardens a little while ago, I had to restrain my spending that day. One of the things I do like about the range is they do all sorts of extra items to go along with each planner they design. Notebooks (yes please), pens, stickers, accessory packs, journals, gift wrap and cards, so many extras to complete your collection. They even have matching cups and saucers.

I think my love of rose gold and copper colours came from spending hours on their website last summer.

National Stationery Week

I had seen so many videos of people personalising their planners, with stickers, paperclips that had ribbon and feathers attached, little gems, washi tape, keyrings, book marks and various other creative items. When it comes to putting your personal touch to a planner anything goes. I had decided that I wanted to add a large fluffy pom-pom and tassels to mine, sounds awful but I really love it. Searching eBay I found a lush pink one that only cost a couple of pounds. I have found similar for a lot more on the high street. I find myself playing with the fluffy pom-pom during my idea-storming sessions, it seems to act as a stress reliever.

Pens

I also have a little collection of pens from various different places. Often I will pick up a nice pen if we go out for the day. I buy the children a pencil each from the gifts shop of all the places we visit. It’s great for them do some drawing on the way home in the car, plus they see it as a treat. My only problem with pens is I keep loosing them! I’m not sure if it is just me being forgetful or the pens just run away from me and hide in places never to be seen again. My Hubby is so good with his pens, each day he takes 3 pens with him to work. He always returns with the same pens, I have no idea how he does it. Perhaps he doesn’t actually do any thing at work…

National Stationery Week

Personalised Stationery

I love the idea of having personalised stationery, little thank you cards, labels of envelopes, stamps and not forgetting note books, always note books. I have recently found a company Logojoy that offer you a personalised logo creating experience, the perfect way to get your dream logo designed by you onto your stationery. I can’t wait to try this get my hands on my very own range of personalised stationery.

There are so many stationery items I use all of the time, glue dots (high five to the person who came up with those little gems!), washi tape, craft scissors, cute little shaped paper clips, rubbers, list pads. The list is endless. Not forgetting my cute little business cards.

What is your must have stationery items for this years National Stationery Week?

 

Real Mum Reviews

 

Making your house a home

Does anything beat the feeling of coming home at the end of a long day? After a busy day at work or rushing around ticking things off the to-do list, that feeling of sitting down in your own home offers instant relaxation and peace. Of course, not everyone feels this way particularly if you live somewhere temporary or haven’t had the time to make it your own. It’s possible to make any place feel like home, even if it’s only for a short while. Read these great tips to transform living space into a home.

Make sure the space is right for you

It can be difficult to create the sense of a relaxing, cosy home when you dislike the property you’re living in. Noisy neighbours, limited lighting, and poor layout can all make it difficult to feel happy in your home. If the space you live in doesn’t feel right, it might be time to consider a change. Browse different houses or flat for sale to see what else is out there and if you’re renting, do a thorough search to see if you can enjoy a better property for your money. Don’t feel like you have to settle for somewhere if it isn’t right for you.

Create a colour theme

Creating a colour theme in your home is an easy way to inject some personality and eliminate that cold, neutral feeling. Consider updating your living room walls with paint of wallpaper, or if you are renting you can experiment with wall art and other décor ideas. Invest in some cushions, throws and some small home accessories in your chosen colour to give your home a boost and help you to feel more at home in your surroundings.

Go Hygge

Hygge is a Danish concept which embraces all things related to feeling cosy and comforted. It doesn’t take much to create the feeling of hygge in your home, and it’s perfect for the long winter nights – which can drag out when you’re stuck in a place that doesn’t make you feel warm. Get some throws and cosy blankets, a good pair of slippers and dim the lights for easy hygge vibes that will help you to feel more relaxed in your home. Whether you unwind with a glass of wine and your favourite TV show or a cup of tea and a good book, surround yourself with cosy things and enjoy that great feeling when you come home at the end of a tough day.

Listen to music

Listening to music is a great way to add a bit of life into your home, especially if you live on your own. Invest in a stylish radio that will also make a lovely décor feature or some portable speakers to take with you around the house. Create some special playlists that you can play for when you want to relax, feel energised, and have fun. There are many health benefits of listening to music that can be calming and restorative, and ideal for creating a more welcoming atmosphere in your home. While the sound of silence can sometimes be welcoming, it doesn’t hurt to have a bit of background noise now and then.

Bring in plants or flowers

You’d be surprised at what adding some plants or flowers can do to transform your living space into somewhere homelier. If you’re worried that you won’t be able to maintain them then consider getting some artificial plants instead that will create the same effect, with no work involved! Take a look at suggestions for low maintenance houseplants and flowers that you don’t have to worry about taking care of to look lovely in your home. Buy some beautiful pots to put them in and you’ll have a lovely interior feature that will make your home feel warmer.

Play with lighting

The right sort of lighting can make a difference to your home and make it feel warmer and inviting. Bright ceiling lights can make you feel like you’re still outdoors or in the office, and aren’t always good for your eyes. Think about the sort of lighting that you like and bring it into your home. Investing in some floor and table lamps, some fairy lights or even some on-trend lanterns will change the lighting scheme of your home and make it feel much more like your own. Lighting some candles while you relax in the bath or sofa is another great way to adapt your lighting and give your home some ambience.

Set a fragrance scheme

If you’re looking to make your house or flat feel more like a home, then consider using fragrance to do so. Fragrances can evoke many different memories, and if there are smells that you particularly enjoy to help you feel relaxed and happy – you should bring them into your home. Scented candles, diffusers or oils can all help you give your home that much needed burst of fragrance, and you can adapt the smells depending on the time of year. Cool cotton and fruit scents are perfect for summer while warming spices are perfect for winter.

Declutter

If you’ve recently moved or even just have a lot of stuff, you might feel like your home looks cluttered and messy. If your home is full of clutter, it may not be the most appealing place to be which is why it can feel like your house isn’t your home. After all, who wants to stay in a messy room when you could be somewhere else? Taking steps to declutter your home will have benefits for house as well as your mind. Having too many unnecessary items around you could make you feel anxious or stressed, so having a sort out now and then is no bad thing. Investing in some more storage items could be another way to help your home feel less cluttered too, and you can find some affordable solutions in places like Ikea and Argos if you’re on a budget.

Show off your personality

A home is a place where you can be yourself, so why not fill it with things that represent you? No matter what your interests are, fill your home with bits of your personality to make the space more appealing to you and your tastes. Even simple ideas like putting photos up of friends or family can make your space feel more familiar. Bringing in some of the things that you like – be it fashion or sport or a particular film or TV series is a lovely way to feel more at ease in your surroundings and gives visitors a bit more of an insight into who you are as well.

Make some memories

If you’re feeling a lack of connection to your living space, perhaps it’s because you haven’t made any real memories yet? Think about when you were a child – you probably have some great memories that you associate with your childhood home of birthdays, Christmas and so on. A key way to making your house feel homely is to make memories there. Cook with your partner or kids, host a gathering for friends and family and make the most out of your space to help you feel happier living there.

Transforming your house or apartment into a home is something you can do no matter where you live or what your budget is. Whether you live alone or with others, it only takes a few simple changes to create a homelier feeling that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable, wherever you hang your hat.

Just Us Box Wilderness date night

Our Wilderness date night box arrived from Just Us Box almost 3 weeks ago now. We still have not found time to have our monthly date night. March and most of April has already flown by. My Hubby was away on a 2 week course with work, then away in Barcelona for a weekend on a stag do. So we just haven’t had time. I know our next box Sensuality will be arriving in 10 days, and I don’t think we will have even had the time for our Wilderness box before then.

just us box wilderness date night

So this month I though I would show you what was included in the box. My Hubby was really impressed. As an outdoorsy person with a keen interest in bushcraft, he liked the concept of this box. Packed full of things for a date night in the ‘Wilderness’ in our garden.

Foraging for Food

just us box wilderness date night

This month we were give a link to a video to watch, which gives you all the details you need to make your very own nettle soup. Robin Harford is a foraging expert, I really enjoyed watching the video. He is full of knowledge about what wild plants you can eat. Have a watch then you can head out into the woodlands for a nice afternoon and forage for stinging nettles. Don’t forget your foraging bag, it’s included within your date night box. Did you know that stinging nettles contain 7 times more vitamin C than an orange and are 3 times more nutritious than anything else you can grow. So what are you waiting for? Head out and grab some stinging nettles and make some tasty soup.

Building your shelter

 

just us box wilderness date night

Included in the box is also a large tarpaulin, rope and pegs. This is for you to build your shelter for the evening. Find the perfect spot in the house or garden and set up your shelter. Inside your date night guide shows you 3 different types of shelter you can build.

Making your fire

just us box wilderness date night

If you have a log burner or open fire in your house then you are ready to go. If not, included within the box is Magnesium, a fire-steel and tinder (cotton wool) to make your very own mini fire and get your gel burner going. All the instructions are included within the date night guide. If you or your other half don’t fancy a bit of Ray Mears style fire lighting you can always reach for the matches.

Enjoy some food

just us box wilderness date night

If you have made your nettle soup, now’s the time to sit and enjoy it in the soup containers that are included. After that is time for desert. Once you have the gel burner going, you can make some s’mores.

Included in the box is everything you need to make these tasty treats. They are so easy to make. Add some chocolate to a biscuit base, then toast off your marshmallow over the fire. Once the marshmallow is all golden brown place it onto of the chocolate for it to melt in, then top with another biscuit. Enjoy…. they are super yummy.

Campfire Entertainment

just us box wilderness date night

A large part of being by a camp fire is entertainment, often telling stories, playing games and singing. So included within the date night box are some dominoes and a book of ghost stories. Your date night guide has a couple of games for you to play. Plus there is a ‘Knaughty Knots’ guide, if you fancy having a play with tying each other up for some extra date night fun.

Another fabulous box, packed full of treats for the perfect at home date night. I can’t wait to make our shelter, enjoy some yummy s’mores and try some new knots…

…It might bring out my wild side.

 

*I was sent this box for review, all thoughts and opinions our my own*