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There's nothing better than a Stationery Haul!

Marylin Muir2 Comments

I was really only going to buy a new desk pad when I logged onto the Paperchase website. Honestly. 

I only had a couple of sheets left of my previous one, so I really genuinely did need to get a new one....

But then there was free delivery if you spent Β£25. 

And that's a total bargain really... right? *cough* 

Annnyway... here's what I got: 

Raindrops desk pad Β£7.00- as I said, I was needing a new one, and I liked the simpleness of this. I can easily put a schedule in for each day with the vertical layout, and there's space for notes along the bottom if I need it. There are 52 sheets, so this is enough to last a year! Or there abouts... I don't know about you but if I mess up a few things on the one sheet when I'm setting out the dates etc I need to start again! No one likes a messy calendar!

Wild Life city stickers Β£4.00- stickers for my planner decorating... obviously! These look quite retro which I like, and I'd been looking for something with the Eiffel Tower on it. Sorted!

Wild Aztec A4 subject notebook Β£7.00- The colours in this are gorgeous! I don't need a reason for a pretty notebook (#stationerynerd remember?) but this one really drew me in with the pretty pattern. The paper is great quality and the dividers are lush *and* removable. Score! I may end up turning one of the dividers into a dashboard for my planner at some point... πŸ˜‰

Chloe Owls A5 thick notebook Β£6.00- yes, another notebook! This one is more for general lists and noting down random things I need to remember, from references for orders to phone numbers and addresses, along with the odd idea for a blog post if I can't find anything else to hand. I've had a similar one of these before and I love the narrower lined paper. It's perfect for my handwriting and I feel I can get more out of the page than those that have the really wide spaced lines. 

Arrow stickers Β£1.00- I chose these because I write a lot of notes out when I'm watching webinars or coming up with blog ideas. It can be so easy to lose the really important parts I want to remember, so these neon orange arrows are perfect to point me in the right direction (Haha! See what I did there? No...? Not funny? Oh...)

So all in all this lovely little delivery on Friday made my day... 

I may need to increase my storage at some point to make more room for all my pretties! 

What's your favourite brand when it comes to stationery? Let me know! 

Kenzi the Yorkshire Terrier got the chop!

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Poor Kenzi... her hair is awfully tuggy and easily matted, and the best we could do was to give her an all over shave! I'm sure she feels much more comfortable, but damn she looks comical now! 

If I'd known she'd end up such a skinny-malinky long-legs (it's a Scottish thing... don't ask!) I'd have named her Twiggy! 

Still, she is her usual adorably annoying little self, trying to lick every piece of perfumed skin she gets near and jumping up into my arms for snuggles. 

Hey, she is part of the SoftThistle family after all - she was never going to be normal! Happy Hump Day everyone! β€

Soul Love: Believe It To See It

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I really love these #truthbombs by Danielle LaPorte. 

They always seem to know what I need to hear!

Sometimes, you have to believe it to see it.

To me, this is a reminder to have confidence in myself. Something that has been in hiding from me for the last few weeks. 

Here's the thing: I got a car, and I've put on about a stone in weight. 

And as my weight has always been a huge issue for me (huge being the operative word), my confidence just plummeted. 

I think a combo of that and being single again.

Don't get me wrong, I *love* being single, and I would much rather this than in a relationship where I'm stifled and unable to be myself, but it has knocked my confidence. I think it does with most people doesn't it?

So when this baby jumped out at me, I understood what it meant, for me, straight away:

Time to step out of the bubble and get back to being ME!

And the three crystals I added? Well I'll tell you a little about them too!

  • Chrysocolla. A stone all about communication. 
    I'd been bottling up how I was feeling, and I know that's no good for me, so I brought this beautiful blue-green stone out to help me talk about how I was feeling. 
    I had a good long chat with my mum, and also two of my besties, and felt *so* much better for it.
  • Clear quartz. The perfect stone for healing, positive thoughts, and balance. I had become anxious and down - in need of some healing kindness, along with some balance to help with my weight issue. And with the rubbish "summer" weather we've had over the holidays, I'd been staying in or using the car, and just vegging out all day with the kids. 
    I've started up a small 20 minute daily yoga practice and have swapped out all fizzy drinks for water. I'm feeling much more confident in myself from doing this alone! I'll be writing a post about it soon, so be on the look out!
  • Citrine. One of my favourites! This zesty stone is filled with abundant and positive summery energy. It can help with wealth, positive mindset, bringing joy into your life and generally is a pretty kick ass crystal! 
    I figured it couldn't hurt to have some awesome positivity when I had been feeling low and was starting to let myself wallow in negativity. It's ok to have an off day, but I don't want to let myself stay that way for long. I mean it's depressing. Literally. 
    So this baby has been reminding me to be positive, change my mindset and look for the silver linings. Something I love to do. 

It's definitely all helped. 

I'm definitely believing in myself more and seeing the results. 

And if nothing else? It's pretty to look at! ;)