Wednesday, 31 December 2014

My week #52

My last Christmas themed week, I feel a bit sad to be saying goodbye to my favourite time of year but I am looking forward to what 2015 will hold.  The start of a new year is always exciting!

My week in my Filofax #52

I hope you had a great Christmas, I got to spend lots of time with my family and not too much time cooking which is how I like to spend the holidays.  Don't get me wrong, I don't hate cooking I just don't like being stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun!  I got as much prep done on Christmas Eve as I could and that meant I had a lot less to do on the big day.  I find I enjoy Boxing Day just as much as Christmas Day because it is a lot more relaxed but still festive.  

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If you missed my post yesterday and are wondering where this gorgeous pink planner came from you can read about it here.  When I had started decorating this week's pages I was still in my Malden but they go perfectly with the fluoro pink Original.

Journalling tag

This is my last post of 2014 so I will wish you a happy new year now and I hope to see you again in January! 

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

One for you and one for me!

A few weeks ago I told you I had won the Winter Filofax Blogger Challenge, well the day before Christmas Eve my prize arrived.  I really wasn't expecting it to get here so quickly so it was a fantastic surprise!

My prize from Filofax UK

I was given £100 to spend on the Filofax website so I chose two Filofaxes and a yellow Botanics pen.  The Original in fluoro pink is for me and I am going to give away the lemon Patent in January.  This blog will be two years old then and I am tantalisingly close to reaching 500 followers on Bloglovin so I am putting together a very special prize to celebrate.  The Patent filo will be part of the prize but I have also contacted a few more people to arrange some goodies to go with it.  I will announce the giveaway once I have received all the products so make sure you don't miss it because it's going to be good!

Inside the Original 

I moved in to the Original as soon as it arrived.  I can't get over just how pink it is and I know it is going to help me beat those January blues when they arrive because it's such a happy colour.  Who could feel sad with a dayglow pink planner to use?  Not me!

All moved in

My cute Mrs Brimbles dashboard looks fab against the pink and I made some new tabs using washi tape over Avery NoteTabs.  I realise it has been ages since I have written about my planner set up so I shall have to give you a proper tour soon.   

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Monday, 22 December 2014

My week #51

If you read my Planner Friday post you will have already seen my theme for this week, this is how it looks all filled in.  I love the snow scene washi tape but it always feels a bit dark to me so I paired it with pink to brighten it up a little.  

My week in my Filofax #51

I spent four days out of five last week at my children's school for concerts, activities and an assembly.  I am so glad the holidays have started now and we can stay at home and get the last of the Christmas prep done instead of rushing about all the time.  Cleaning the bathroom in my pjs while singing Jingle Bells is more fun than it sounds!

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I knew I would need more room on my diary pages this week so I used a journalling tag to record how I was feeling.  It gave me some extra space to write my to do lists. 
I saw a #HashtagADay diary in a planner group on Facebook yesterday and thought it looked like fun.  Instead of writing long journal entries you choose a hashtag to describe your day.  I liked the idea of keeping things short and sweet but then I realised that is pretty much what I have been doing for the past few months anyway using my feeling happy/feeling funny stamps!  

Journalling tag

This is my last post before Christmas so I will wish you all happy holidays now.  I hope you have a wonderful time and I will be back next week with my last post of 2014!  

Happy holidays!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Planner Friday - December

My last design team post of 2014 is now up over on Twine it up with Trendy Twine!

It's nearly here!  Are you ready?  I am ridiculously excited about Christmas and I've had a lot of fun decorating my planner pages this month with Christmassy themes.  I have been so busy getting things ready, I don't think I would have completed it all if I hadn't written it down to keep me on track!

You can read the rest of the post here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

My week #50

Hello!  A couple of weeks ago I received a fabulous Toadstool Kit from Lesley, the owner of Annie's Paper Boutique.  She knows I am a little obsessed with these spotty fungi and thought it would be perfect for me, she was right!  It comes with this cute washi tape, a fun pen, a set of three clips, a small purse/pouch and a set of Today's Tasks cards designed by Lesley herself.  These aren't available online yet so this is a sneak peek just for you!    
My lovely surprise from Annie's Paper Boutique

I used the kit for my theme this week and added some Christmassy stickers.  It turned out as one of my favourites weeks!  I felt happy each time I opened my Filofax and everything I had to do felt like less of a chore.

My week in my Filofax #50

For the past few weeks my daughter has been staying behind school for drama club, this week I got to see what they had been up to when I went to see their performance.  I felt so proud of her up on the stage in front of so many people and really enjoyed the show.  All of the children were fantastic, though the funniest part of the night was when a shoe was accidentally kicked into the audience by an enthusiastic young boy showing off his dance skills!
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Task list in use

I am waiting for my prize from the Winter Filofax Blogger Challenge to arrive, I was given some money to spend on their website so I ordered a new filo for me and one as a prize for me to give away in January when my blog turns two.  I can't wait to show you them both when they get here! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

My week #49

I feel really late posting this on a Wednesday!  I've been tackling all those tasks I have on my Christmas to do list but apart from some wrapping I am pretty much finished now.  I think I can finally relax a little and stopping fretting that I'm not going to get everything done in time.

My week in my Filofax #49

This week I moved back into my Malden, the Patent was too small for all the things I want to carry around with me at the moment.  It's a shame because I love how festive and cheery it looks but I just need bigger rings.  My theme is still Christmassy, of course, and I love the bunting washi tape my friend Kath sent me, it's so sweet!

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Did you see my post last week about the winter Filofax blogger challenge?  Well I have some news, I won along with Charlie and Susana!  Thank you to everyone who voted for my photo, I was so excited just to have taken part in the challenge so to win was kind of amazing!

Thanks again!  

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Giveaway winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway, I'm sorry I can't send you all a prize!  In January this blog will be two years old so I will do a special prize draw to celebrate then too.

Ok, I have drawn the winners.....

Personal size: Angel Jem and A5: Just Ginnifer

Please email your addresses to and I will get your prizes posted out asap!


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Winter Filofax blogger challenge!

Eeeee!  I am taking part in the winter Filofax blogger challenge!  The theme is "A day in the life" of your Filofax eAccessories, which is a range of cases for your tablets and iPads. 

Winter blogger challenge

I was sent a very pretty Willow iPad mini case to use and this is my photo.

A day in my life

You can see all the entries here on the Filofax Facebook page and vote for your favourite photo.  Some of my favourite bloggers and friends have entered so it will be exciting to see who wins! 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

My week #48

I held on for as long as I could but this week I gave in and went into full on Christmas mode!  The excitement has been bubbling away for a while now and I couldn't resist it any longer.  I moved into my shiny red Patent Filofax and added this cute snowman charm Mrs Brimbles sent me, he has a tiny red bell attached to him so my planner jingles now!  She also sent me these fun stickers.

My week in my Filofax #48

Did you see I launched my latest giveaway this week?  You have until Thursday 4th December at 12pm UK time to enter and I will announce the winners the same day so make sure you check back then!

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Anyway, I'm off now to cover my windows in snow spray and to put some more tinsel around the room.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


I'm so sorry I didn't get this giveaway set up earlier, I've been wanting to do it for a while but have been distracted by other things.  Anyway the lovely Anna AKA Mrs Brimbles has given me some cute penguin dashboards to give as prizes and like last time I have added a few bits and pieces I thought you would like.  

I was going to do Christmas themed prizes but I realised by the time I had posted the giveaway, drawn the winners a week later, contacted them and posted the prizes you might not receive them in time.  The penguin dashboard is perfect for winter as well as Christmas so you should get plenty of use out of him!

Mrs Brimbles goodies and some fun things

Supplies for your A5 Filofax

How to enter:
  1. Leave me a comment below saying which size dashboard you would like to win.
  2. Let me know if you follow me by email, Bloglovin' or Google Friend Connect and you will get a second entry into the draw.
  3. Anyone who entered my giveaway for reaching 300 followers on Bloglovin' (and didn't win a prize) will get an extra entry into the draw if they enter this giveaway.

I will number all the personal size entries and use a random number generator to pick a winner and then do the same for the A5 size entries.  This giveaway is international and open to everyone.  

You have until 12pm here in the UK on Thursday 4th December to enter, any entries after this time wont be included in the draws.

Good luck!

Monday, 24 November 2014

My week #47

Are you ready for an explosion of pink?  I went completely over the top with this week's decoration as it was my birthday week!  

My week in my Filofax #47 

I have been in a party kind of mood so when I found this quote

"Life should not only be
lived, it should be

I thought it was apt and I popped it on a journalling tag to remind/inspire me.

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To top the week off I received some good news but I am going to share that with you in a separate post soon.  Also I haven't forgotten about the giveaway I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I am going to try and post that at some point this week so keep an eye out for it!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Finally I can tell you!

I'm so excited!  You might remember a few weeks ago I said I had received a parcel to review but didn't know if I was allowed to say anything more just then, well now I can.... I was asked to write a post for the Official Filofax Blog!  How amazing is that?

They sent me one of their new eAccessories, a very luxurious Nappa leather iPad mini case, and you can read my review of it here.

My post on the Official Filofax Blog!

If you do pop over for a read please leave me a comment on the post so I know you did.

Thank you!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Planner Friday - November

It is Planner Friday again and my design team post is now up over on the Twine it up with Trendy Twine!     

Hello, welcome back to another Planner Friday post!  I will be the first to admit I have gone a little overboard with my decoration for this week but it is a week full of birthdays including my own so I wanted it to be fun.  I have just realised that I showed you a cupcake theme last month too, you must think I am cake obsessed!  Don't tell anyone but... it's true!

How my week started out

For such a big week I have used a lot of Annie's Paper Boutique products, I have listed them all below.

Pictured: Trendy Page Dots

You can read the rest of my post here!

Thanks for stopping by

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

My week #46

After last week looking so festive I thought I'd better do something a bit different this week.  Though if you look closely you'll see the Trendy Page Dot reinforcements I used look a bit like peppermint candy canes, well that's what they remind me of anyway!

My week in my Filofax #46

I had to write myself lots of little reminders this week, there were school trips, music lessons and special event days at the school that I had to remember.  I don't know how anyone can keep track of all these things without using some kind of planner!  At least once I have written it down I don't have to worry about them any more, otherwise I'd wake up at 3am panicking about forgetting something!

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It is my birthday today and I can hear my cake calling my name.  I can't have a slice until the children are home from school so I am going to treat myself to a cup of tea and a couple of ginger biscuits and maybe do a bit of online shopping until then.      

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

My week #45

This is not a Christmassy theme, I repeat this is not a Christmassy theme... it just happens to be a red and green week for little red riding hood!  The fact it looks Christmassy is entirely incidental and nothing to do with my growing excitement. 

My week in my Filofax #45

But seriously there's only six weeks to go and in my mind I am already rearranging the room to make space for the tree and trying to remember where I put all the fairy lights back in January.  Why didn't I write it down!  This year I am going to try and be more organised.
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Friday, 7 November 2014

Fountain Pen Day - Lamy Al-Star review

When I heard it was Fountain Pen Day today I thought it would be a perfect time to review my Lamy Al-Star I purchased from Europens a little while ago.

Now the first thing I have to say is Europens were fantastic.  They happily answered my questions about engraving and the fonts available and were really lovely to deal with.  They offer a free engraving service so I just had to personalise my pen!

My aqua/blue/green colour crush!

The Al-Star is available in a wide range of colours but I went with the limited edition blue green pen.  I also brought an aqua pen case, which is an exclusive to Europens, to protect it.  

Making notes

The Al-Star is very similar in design to the popular Lamy Safari pen but the main difference is the Safari is made from plastic and the Al-Star is made from aluminium.  The Safari price starts at £12.99 and the Al-Star from £18.99 but the metal finish makes it look so much more expensive.

Medium size nib, turquoise ink and my
awful cursive writing!

Another difference between the Safari and the Al-Star is the bottom half (or is it the top half?) of the pen is translucent instead of a solid block of colour.  I think I prefer this look and like the barrel of the pen it is also squared so it is comfortable to hold, easy to grip and it wont roll when you put it down.

Yes my notepaper matches my pen!

The pen comes in a nice presentation box with a single cartridge in blue so you can use it straight away.  I would take a photo of the box but I took the pen out of it and put it into the leather case straight away and now I'm not sure where the box is.  I must have put it "somewhere safe"!

  • writes very smoothly, it doesn't skip at all
  • the ink flows easily and at just the right speed
  • looks expensive and stylish
  • comes in a good range of colours, there's something for everyone
  • lightweight but feels substantial in your hand
  • a good starter fountain pen
  • has a window so you can see how much ink is left
  • affordable 
  • wide range of coloured ink available
  • stainless steel nib
  • you can purchase a converter and use ink from a bottle
  • well balanced - both posted and unposted

  • aluminium might scratch or dent though I've had mine for a few months and it still looks brand new 

Random things I write when trying out a pen 

If you want to join in with the fun today you can find the Fountain Pen Day team on Twitter and Facebook.  Europens are also running a couple of competitions on Twitter and their Facebook page if you want to enter or you can treat yourself or get a head start on some Christmas shopping with 10% off your order using the code:


The code is valid for today only

Have a great Fountain Pen Day!

*Disclaimer - I purchased this pen for myself and I was not paid to write this review.  As always all opinions are honest and my own.  I am not affiliated with Europens and will not receive commission on any orders placed using the links in this post.

Monday, 3 November 2014

My week #44

Ok so the theme for this week just had to be Halloween, it is one of my favourite times of the year!    

My week in my Filofax #44

For me Halloween signals the start of so much fun.  It is quickly followed by Bonfire Night, three family birthdays (including my own) and then it's December and Christmas!  I am trying to reign in my excitement because it is only the 3rd of November but I have this little fizz of it growing inside me and it's only going to get bigger as the month goes on! 

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Angel Jem asked me to show her the pumpkins we carved for Halloween so here they are lit up and looking spooky.  My eldest two took over the carving duties this year, I just got to cut the tops off and scoop the insides out.  At least it was a fun activity for them to do during half term and they are really proud of how they turned out.

Our Halloween pumpkins

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