SoftThistle Life

Taking Stock

Marylin Muir10 Comments

Long time readers (the 2 of you left: omg you rock! I love you!) may have gathered that there's been a bit of a change of pace here, as well as a domain name update over the last few weeks. 

I think there comes a point in every mum-blogger's life when a change in content and pace happens. The children get older, you start to have a little bit more time to yourself, and if nothing else, you get more sleep than you did when they were babes. {Not so much as "normal" in this case as Max still wakes 2-3 nights a week (yay autism), but now he's old enough to mostly amuse himself so I can doze next to him instead of having to be up-and-awake enough to stop him shoving a pencil up his nose or something similar. But I do get lie in's as he and Zack sort their own breakfasts and then hit the gaming and cartoons in the mornings now! Anyway... random asides aside.}

What I mean is, these things like actually having the opportunity to have a bath without being interrupted every 30 seconds, going to the toilet in peace and generally having children who are content to play video games while you get to hide in the kitchen and eat a whole bar of chocolate without being detected starts to become a little more of a regular thing. 

In essence, once the kids go to school, life changes and all of a sudden you can actually think about yourself, often for the first time since you became a mother. 

With that in mind, I felt the need to expand a little with my blog. 

Writing about (and photographing) the things that interest me are going to play a larger part, rather than the (very) occasional update of the kids, myself and the dog (and cat! Sorry Milo!). They will continue - maybe a little less frequently than before, and with different topics peppered in between.

Like my obsession for stationery and anything planner related

My ever evolving understanding of myself, my beliefs and my spirituality (woo-woo lovers unite!!). 

And a sudden urge to actually try to take care of my appearance and skin, actually using make up (I'm as shocked as you are with that... but honestly, I have WRINKLES and I'm only 31. Fuck! That's not supposed to happen till I get older!).

So these are the sort of things you'll be hearing about from me on the blog from now on. I hope you'll get comfy and open the gin. I'm back and am creating my life my way, and sharing the process along the way. Happy Monday all! 😘

There's nothing better than a Stationery Haul!

Marylin Muir8 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 £25. 

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

Annnyway... here's what I got: 

Raindrops desk pad £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 £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 £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... 😉

Chloe Owls A5 thick notebook £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 £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!

LifeMarylin Muir4 Comments

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! ❤