It is that time of year where I start lighting the fire and lighting candles around the house. Lavender candles will always be my favourite scent and I came across these super cute jar candles from What’s in my wonderland.

There are so many different scents to pick from and I went for lavish lavender 🙂

All of the candles come in a super cute mason jar that is approx 8cm tall and the wax is 100% vegan as well as the packaging being fully recyclable.

I think the packaging is a great idea as it has a screw on lid so great for travelling or to give as a gift.

I think for £7 including postage it is a great price for something handmade 🙂

I love the scent, it is strong enough you can smell it but not too strong that it is overpowering. They also come in:

Blue cypress

Perky peppermint

Aniseed

Neroli

Sweet strawberry

Green tea

They also do wax melts too!

I like lighting this candle just before bed as the scent is very calming and can help with sleep.

Have you started lighting candles yet?

Sarah x

I wanted to pick up a few bits to keep on my desk at home to help me with my blogging and stuff and came across Office Monster who have an amazing range of office supplies. I was really surprised at how great the selection was and also how cheap some of the items were!

The things I picked out where:

Q-Connect Quick Note Cube 76 x 76mm Pastel KF01347

I love the colours of these and they are really handy!

Q-Connect 2 Ring Binder Frosted A4 Red KF02482

I will be using these to keep any important paperwork in.

Q-Connect Mesh Pen Pot Black KF00864

This pen pot is handy for all of my highlighters. Really like the mesh design, it could also be used to hold make up brushes!

Artline Calligraphy Pen Set Assorted Width Black (Pack of 4) EK-240W4

I want to start drawing more and trying out calligraphy so this set it perfect for beginners.

Q-Connect Mechanical Pencil Medium 0.7mm (Pack of 10) KF01345

You can’t go wrong with a mechanical pencil!

Q-Connect Assorted Highlighter Pens (Pack of 6) KF01909

I really liked the colour options for the highlighters and these will come in super handy!

I like to make a lot of notes to help me with blog post ideas so it is ideal to have a folder to keep useful things in as well as some highlighters and sticky notes.

Sarah x

I recently came across Asda Photo where you can create personalised products online and have them delivered straight to your door. A lot of supermarkets offer personalised photo products but you have to go in store and design them which can often not be practical. With this service it is so easy to use either on a pc/tablet or on a phone. I used their website to order a cushion and a calendar for next year using photos I had on my phone.

Here are a couple of screenshots from my phone showing how easy it was to select a picture and resize it to use:

I love how simple the service is to use and the prices are really reasonable too! The cushion was £20 which included the insert, if you wanted just the cover and had your own insert it would be £16. The desktop calendar was £8.50.

It only took a few days to arrive and both are great quality. I think sequin reveal cushions are super cool and this one is so cute with my cats on.

The calendar will be great on my desk at work next year.

They do so many other great things here and would make ideal gifts, especially with Christmas coming up!

Sarah x

Can changing your pillowcase to a satin one help you sleep better and be kinder to your face and hair?

We spend around a third of our lives sleeping and recent studies have revealed that our bedding, particularly pillowcases, may be causing wrinkles, facial creases, frizzy hair, and split ends.

“Most people choose cotton pillowcases as they have heard this is the most breathable, however they do not work well with the skin. The highly absorbent properties of cotton will cause your skin to stick to the pillowcase, which can lead to creases in the skin and permanent wrinkles over time.

The best pillowcases reduce friction between your skin and the pillowcase and also promote constant air flow on both sides of the textile – such as Satin. This allows air to flow and deliver
consistent amounts of oxygen to the skin. Oxygen is necessary for skin to repair itself overnight.
Furthermore, consistent airflow helps to regulate the temperature of the skin and prevent uncomfortable sweating. When facial skin excessively sweats during the night, it is more prone
to sleep lines due to increased friction as well as acne breakouts due to clogged pores.

Satin pillowcases are nonabsorbent, helping your skin maintain maximum moisture. It also prevents wrinkles, allowing you to wake up with smooth, clear and flawless skin every morning. Satin pillowcases also provide a smoother surface for your hair strands, which reduces matting, breakage, tangling and snagging. It will also reduce hair shedding as tossing and turning at night can be damaging to the hair follicle, ultimately resulting in more frizz and less shine. With a satin pillowcase, hair can easily glide across the fabric, preventing hair fall. It also benefits  those who suffer from dry, brittle, frizzy and static hair as satin does not absorb moisture from your locks, unlike cotton alternatives.”

I have been sleeping on a pillowcase from www.makeupbox-ldn.co.uk for the last week and priced from just £12.99 for a single pillowcase, and £24.99 for a pack of two I really urge you to try them!

I noticed when I wake up I don’t have bedding lines all over my face as I used to and also if I go to bed with damp hair its not a complete birds nest the next day! I have really noticed the difference in my morning bed hair!

Have you tried a satin pillowcase?

Sarah x

When I lived at home I never really thought about the layout/style of our garden or anything like that but since moving into our own place my husband and I have have done a lot of work on our house and our garden. Whether you rent or own your own place with a garden you can do a few bits to to change it. If you don’t own it then check with your landlord before you do anything too drastic though!

When we first moved in to our house the priority was the house itself as we weren’t really too sure what to do with the garden. We have quite a small back garden so all we did was get rid of a few plants and trees we didn’t like.

4 years on we are now trying to plan exactly how we want it and have been looking online for inspiration.

Something easy that can make your garden look bigger is if you have a larger patio to grass ratio then flip this round to suit your needs. We wanted more grass than patio and by removing some slabs and getting a few rolls of turf we managed to get nearly twice as much grass area as we had before.

Some other suggestions:

  • If you have a seating area, put this in a corner so the garden doesn’t feel crowded
  • If you don’t want flowerbeds you can create a graveled area for pot plants. This is ideal if you don’t want to spend too much time on the upkeep.
  • If you have a garage, do you really need a shed too? A shed can take up valuable room and most of us don’t need one.
  • Climbing plants are a great way to introduce greenery/colour to your garden.
  • If you have any walls/fences or a garage then paint it white and it can create the illusion of extra space and light. It also provides a contrast with the plants and flowers.

If you have children then the following may be a good idea:

  • Give them there own plant to look after.
  • Make a bug box by collecting any creatures you can find.
  • Create a fairy garden at the base of a large tree.

Grasslands have created an online campaign giving people ideas to make their small gardens family friendly and if you have any ideas you can contact them on social media using the hashtag: #familyfriendlygarden

Sarah x