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Getting Organised with my Personal Planner

19 Sep

Hi folks,

Well we all know how hectic life can be! Whether you’re studying, working or just trying to juggle life… things can become rather chaotic if you’re not properly organised. 

With the hubster teaching in a University & me myself coming from an Education background & obviously being a Mammy to a very sociable little boy, we tend to work on an academic calendar when planning events, vacations etc… My Personal Planner is just perfect for keeping everyone organised & knowing exactly where we all need to be! 

This year I decided to go for the square Planner as I thought it would fit into my handbag perfect. You’ll also notice that I have the matching ‘Blogging Book’. My blogging book is my trusty notebook. I write all of my ideas for blog posts when I’m on the move but find myself inspired. I also keep all of my top secret info on what’s coming next 🙂 along with contacts & other bits & bobs. Having the perfect notebook to hand is simply essential! 

So… what is so perfect about the Personal Planner? Well, you literally design it yourself from head to toe. You choose the layout, colour, design etc… I love that it has a wrap around elastic to keep it closed. I mean there’s nothing worse than everything from your handbag disappearing into your notebook & then all of the pages becoming ripped & crumpled. You can even choose the colour of the elastic. These books & planners are lovely & slimline too, so they’re not too bulky. There’s nothing worse than a heavy, bulky planner weighing down you’re fave handbag! The books & planners come with a clear hard plastic front & back cover too so they’ll stay looking nice & crease free.

Inside your planner you get a ruler which you can use as a marker. And yes… you get to choose the colour!!! You will also be given a handy clear pocket to keep essential papers in, receipts & stickers! Oh & you get a sheet of stickers too!!! I mean who does not love a sticker!? 

Everything about the inside of the planner is designed by you. You can choose your colours, layout, whether you want a section for notes or to do list. You can even have an area for your weekly menu! And if you notice in the collage picture – I have an overview of 2018 in the back – this is essential for planning those all important weekends away & vacations! 

If you create a profile/account on personal Planner you can upload & add your all important dates; Birthdays… Anniversarys etc… so each year you don’t have to sit & write them in. You just hit a button & hey pesto – they’ll be automatically added to your planner for you!!! I mean how amazing is that!? Just think of all the time you will save! 

So whether you’re looking for the perfect planner to take to school, college, university, work or to simply manage your whole entire life & family… this is most deffinitely the planner for you! 

You can find Personal Planner on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram or simply head to their Website

Thanks so much as always for reading! I hope you’ve enjoyed this review. What are you waiting for!? Go order that planner! Oh… I almost forgot… you can also buy gift cards! Perfect as Christmas is just around the corner… 🙂 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Festive Fun with Friends

20 Dec

Hi Folks ✨

Sunday once again… I do love a slow paced relaxing Sunday. I’m feeling thoroughly Christmassy… Not that I wasn’t already, but, since we had such a fun, festive Saturday – I’m now feeling feeling ‘super’ Christmassy! 

 I’m sat blogging from my dinning table & I can smell our fresh Christmas centre piece arrangement… it smells so nice. It’s really putting me a fantastical mood. We also bought some little snowmen on sticks from the florists yesterday to pop into our house plants in case they were feeling left out with not being all dressed for Christmas 🎄

 Yesterday evening we had friends over for a catch up. We headed into the Village for a stunning Indian Meal. I really meant to take lots of pics of the yummy food, but we got chatting & laughing  & it completely slipped my mind. So I’m sorry I have no pics to share. After a gorgeous meal, we headed back to our home for more chatting. I drank sparkling water all night with one glass of cranberry juice… I actually felt really giddy & tipsy! I think I was having such a lovely time I got caught up in the Christmas spirit. See… who says you need alcohol to have a good time. Not drinking really doesn’t phase me at all. I didn’t drink at all during all of my surgeries, so this time round I just see it as a happier reason not to be drinking. Having said that… I do have some gorgeous Moet waiting in the pantry for me when our little Prince arrives. That shall be my little tipple of choice when I feel I want to celebrate his arrival 💙 

 This morning I sorted out our menu for the coming week… lol… it’s so not a healthy one! Tomorrow is our 4th Wedding Anniversary. Normally we either go away for the weekend to celebrate or we go for a lovely meal somewhere… but as the hubster doesn’t finish work until 23rd Dec for Christmas, then with Coco recovering from surgery & with me being up & down with sickness… we made the executive decision to celebrate at home for a change. So… It’s gonna be some kind of naughty take out for tea & for pudding we’ll be cutting our Christmas cake which was lovingly made by my Mammy. Wednesday evening shall be party table snacks as we’re having our neighbours over for a festive drinkie. Christmas Eve will be spent with our best friends for a meal at lunchtime followed party food in the evening & copious amounts of pink lemonade & Christmas films! Then Christmas Day will be a day of consuming homemade Christmas Dinner followed by lots of chocolate lol. Eeeeeck! I just can’t wait!!! ✨ 

Ooooo… Today I’ve started using my first item that The Journal Shop kindly sent me. I’m using my small Un Jour De Reve notebook from the Iconic range. It’s a gorgeous little book that is stitch bound down the spine. It’s a great price at £2.95.  I’m using mine to keep track of the items I’m sent for reviews. It’s the perfect size to fit in your handbag. It’s so light meaning it won’t be a chore to carry around. In fact, it’s so slim & lightweight that it’ll fit quite nicely in the inner zip pocket you tend to find in most hand bags. It’d be great for making your shopping lists in! I love the little cute rabbit design too. The paper itself is very good quality. I like writing in liquid gel ink & sometimes you find with a low quality paper that a black ink will come through the pages which I utterly hate! But there’s no chance of that happening in this little beauty! It also comes in 4 different designed covers… so you can choose the one that most suits you. Or… at £2.95… why not buy all 4!? I’ve also been using my Iconic Sticky Book too. Priced at only £4.95… This is another little bargain. It’s so slim & lightweight that it’ll fit inside the front pocket on my personal Filofax. So it’ll fit comfortably in any A5 organiser. There are 3 different sized sticky notes – great for little reminders or tabbing up pages making them easy to access during meetings when you need to find facts & figures fast. This book is also from the Iconic range & my book is the ‘Antique’ design cover… but there are 9 designs to choose from. This is another item I can thoroughly recommend. When you’re working between two sites like I do – everything needs to be ‘travel’ friendly… I hate having to lug around a heavy bag. So both these little stationary items are brilliant for on the move as they’ll tuck away neatly & won’t add any extra weight. I’m going to use my Un Jour De Reve medium notebook this week… I have some little ideas of what I’ll use it for… so stay tuned for a little breakdown & review of that. I LOVE this stationary!!! It’s just such good quality & well… It looks & feels fancy. I work in a University library… so I can be a bit snobby with how a book is put together & I have to say… I love a stitch bound book. Now… does that sound sad!? Lol. 


After a lovely slow relaxing morning it was time to get a bubble bath. I’m making the most of my bubble baths right now as I’m sure it won’t be long until I’m finding it difficult to get in & out of the bath & will have to make do with just a shower. I decided to use some festive bubbles from Avon… But opened a new bottle of Molton Brown for my ‘wash bubbles’. I love this scent – Black Peppercorn… It’s my favourite Molton Brown fragrance 🛀🏻 

 There’s nothing nicer than a lovely soak in the tub ✨

This afternoon had been spent watching Star Wars 

 There’s nothing cosier than snuggling on the sofa on a wintry day watching films ❤️ 

Tomorrow marks our 4th Wedding Anniversary & I simply couldn’t be happier. We’ve been spoilt with gifts as usual. The hubster surprised me with the new Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette – so there’ll be a full review of that coming up!!! My parents buy us Champagne & Truffles every year, so even though I can’t drink it right now – they didn’t want to break tradition.  

 So… What a gorgeous little Sunday today has been! I’m off now to watch another Star Wars film lol ✨

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday & thanks for reading 💕

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Lifestyle Chic 

18 Dec

Hi Folks

I know a lot of you are searching for that perfect diary right now… Something cute, functional & user friendly. Well, the gorgeous folks down at Paperchase HQ kindly sent me a lovely package to review… & guess what!? There was a lovely little 2016 organiser in the pack. 

The organiser is the Ditsy Floral Organiser priced at £16. Now this organiser is totally reusable as you can buy new yearly inserts. So £16 is a mere bargain if you ask me. The little ‘Ditsy’ is seriously cute. It’s pink & chintzy… Very Cath Kidston really. Everyone loves a little retro chintz. It’s also very lightweight – so it’s perfect for on the move. One thing I truly hate is when you have a diary in your bag & all of the pages become torn or crumbled from it opening in you bag. I mean, if you’re anything like me then you’ll have everything but the kitchen sink in your bag with you at all times. so you’ve got your phone, purse, make up bag, umbrella etc… all smashing against your diary. Well, the Ditsy has a little fastening on it, so you’ve no worry of it opening up whilst you’re lugging all of your handbag essentials around with you. 

 In the front of the Ditsy there’s a great little ‘to do’ list for the day ahead. It’s great for jotting things down really quickly. There’s also a handy pocket in the front & at the back too. So they’re great for holding documents, receipts etc… And lets not forget the essential pen holder on the side! I really hate it when your pen becomes lost at the bottom of your bag. This way… you’ll always know where that pesky pen is! I love nothing more than a divider & a sticker. There’s a great little sheet of stickers to use in the diary section & you can even name some of the dividers. You’ll find some blank sheets at the back too to be able to make notes. All in all – this is a great little pocket organiser that won’t take up too room in your handbag & when you’re in that important meeting at work – all of your colleagues will be sat admiring your cute stationary. 

 The next item Paperchase sent me was the lovely little Raindrops Index Card Box complete with a set of cards & dividers. This little gem is only £8 to buy & at the moment it’s in a 3 for 2 special buy… You really cannot go not wrong with this desk accessory. It’d be great for any kind of filing. I’m using mine to keep my business contacts in all neat & tidy whilst being super accessible… But you could use it for literally anything… Recipes for example. It’s a great size that won’t take up too much room on your desk, shelf, drawer etc… I have to share our home office with my hubster… but I’m sure he won’t mind if I sneak this little cutie on to the desk 🙂 

 We all know Paperchase delivers fab looking stationary… but it’s also good quality but don’t just take my word for it… Click the links in this post & purchase some for yourselves. Or pop in store to buy someone a fancy little stocking filler.

Thanks for reading folks & I hope you found the reviews useful! Stay tuned for a review coming up about The Journal Shop.

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

“Organising is what you do before you do anything, so that when you do it, it’s not all mixed up.” AA Milne

9 Dec

Hi Folks ✨

Sorry for my lack of post yesterday… I just really wasn’t feeling well. So yesterday was spent laying around recuperating as much as I could. But… a few exciting things have happened since my last post…

  1. We have new carpets… Eeeeeeeeeck!
  2. Paper chase are sending me some goodies to review for them… so stay tuned for that!
  3. Lots more companies have contacted me showing interest in this blog… one company being MULBERRY… As you can imagine I’m practically peeing my pants about that one!

I’m really excited to receive my parcel of goodies from Paperchase. I love nothing more than organising! In today’s society we’re all so busy juggling work, family, commitments, etc… People are always asking me how I stay so calm & ahead of things & the answer is so simple: I organise… a lot. There’s nothing better than a good pen, notebook & a diary. I’m really old school. I may own an array of apple products, but I rarely use my calendar function on them. I’m all about the pen & paper. The act of just writing things down seems to help imprint important dates into my brain. Honestly… it’s just something that I’ve always done. All you need is a sparkly pretty notebook & a glammy pen. I so can’t wait to see what my goodies will be as I love Paperchase products. I will most definitely be writing an in depth review of the things they send me with links & prices in case you’re inspired to purchase them!


Any discounts I’m offered via this blog I shall pass on too! Why not spread the bargain love I say… We could all use money off coupons these days! The BirchBox code I was sent is still active & there’s still Christmas boxes available too… so head over & order yourself one or maybe one as a gift. It’s a fab little box with over £60 worth of products inside. The link & code will give you £5 worth of points to spend in their online store & you’ll also get the box for the bargain price of £6.95 including postage!!! Mine has already been dispatched & I can’t wait for it to arrive. Simply follow this link to get yours ordered: https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/zd49d & add discount code: CLOUDXMAS

 So today has been a much better day than yesterday… I’m still not feeling 100%… But like I said – better than yesterday. Plus I only had a half day in work – so that was a lot easier than doing a full day. Of course I started my working day with a Chococcino from Campus Coffee… I even went for the large rather than the regular lol. It was totally needed though. At 12noon a few of us headed over to Relish for lunch. Matt is leaving us… I’m sad, but super happy for him as he’s gotten a fab job elsewhere. So this was kind of an unofficial leaving lunch. I had a lemonade & then lasagne for my nom noms… It was so good! But then, I’ve never had a bad meal at Relish! I probably shouldn’t have gone for a pasta dish since we’ve had pasta for tea tonight too lol… Oh well.

Well, at least tonights was a veggie bake though lol. 

 After lunch I headed straight home. I love getting home & turning the Christmas lights on & having the fire on… It’s just so cosy. There’s no place like home as our Dorothy would say!

 This afternoon has been spent blogging… reading blogs & chilling. Of course Coco needed to be involved too lol. She’s so cute bless her & totally inquisitive of everything.

 Oh, before I forget. My fab friend who is a rep for Younique was telling me that the company have now launched in France & Germany! Honestly if you haven’t tried their products yet then you really need too. I’m such a make up snob & even I have to admit that they’ve ticked every box for me! Especially their foundation… It’s amazing & gives a flawless & even coverage without being too ‘cakey!’. If anyone is interested in purchasing or becoming a rep themselves… Follow Gemma’s link here: http://youniqueproducts.com/gemmadover Joining her team is simple & you’d be able to earn lots of commission – imagine that! You could either use it as an extra income… Or save it for a rainy day! If you have any questions, you can drop her a message here on her Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/746243582154021/

 I don’t actually think there’s much more to tell you… It’s been a pretty quiet Wednesday. Eeeck… that’s means its Thursday tomorrow & that then means… Only one more day until the weekend!!! Friday see’s the start of my annual leave… Saturday will involve a spot of lunch with the hubster & Sunday see’s Carol & Eddies Wedding! I love a Christmas Wedding!

I’m gonna leave this post here folks as I’m getting to that time of the evening where I just wanna snuggle up in bed with some crappy TV & have hubster cuddles ❤️

Thanks again for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx