Busy B Pretty Range: A Review

mindfulness, Nicki CawoodI’m a huge fan of stationery and have been since those first days at school when there was nothing more joyful than a new exercise book and a perfectly sharpened pencil. Being a Busy B ambassador means that I have the joy once again of receiving new stationery items to use. The only difference this time is that I get to share it with all of you.

If you know me offline aka in The Real World the chances are you will have already seen or heard about my latest review items. I was sent three items from the Pretty range and oh my, pretty doesn’t come close.

The Pretty Range: Address Book

As an avid pen pal and therefore letter writer this fabulous All My Favourite People Busy B Pretty address book has the most gorgeous feel to it. The paper quality is outstanding and it is indeed where I keep some of my favourite people’s contact details. Don’t get me wrong, I run my own business, largely online, and therefore understand the benefits of digital organisation. That said, not everything should be stored online. When celebrating the joy of snail mail or happy mail, you really should have your addresses stored in a book such as this.  I expect to be using this address book for years to come.

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The Pretty Range: To Do Notes List Book

If you aren’t someone who understands the love of lists and note-taking, I’m not sure if we can be friends anymore. I’m only joking. Mostly…..

There is something incredibly productive about list-making. Shopping lists, task lists, listography; you name it, one way or another either the making of the lists themselves or the act of ticking items off offers satisfaction. This Busy B Pretty To Do Notes List Book offers all you need for list-making and note-taking sessions (and is compact enough to fit in your bag).

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This gorgeous list book features two list books inside, one lined and one plain. Perfect for all of you list-lovers. For extra fabulousness, it lays flat, has an elastic pen loop and an elastic closure band.

The Pretty Range: Pretty Rollerball Pens

To finish this bundle of wonderfulness off I received two matching black ink  Pretty rollerballs which coordinate beautifully and write so smoothly. A must-have for fans of quality stationery such as myself.

I think it’s been made pretty clear that I heartily approve of the Pretty Range from Busy B. Not only is everything here great to look at, great to touch and great to use, they all boast a practical purpose which aids you in your organisation. Like what you see? See the rest of the Busy B Pretty Range on the website (including a thermal mug!!).

This range is a clear winner for me!

 

 

The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

The Year of Less

If you’re looking a book purely about decluttering and spending less you’ll be disappointed in this book. The Year of Less by Cait Flanders is so much more than that. I tried reading that cult favourite book which asks you to take every item you own and hold it in your hands, see if it sparks joy, then throw it out if it didn’t. That book didn’t spark any joy so I threw it out. The Year of Less has its own electric current and I struggled to put it down.

Cait Flanders is a well-known blogger and freelance writer living in BC, Canada. I’ve been a blogger since 2006 and a freelance copywriter for almost as long and so can tell you, it’s rare to see anyone write so openly, honestly and so compellingly about alcohol dependency, consumerism, mental health and facing and overcoming it all in a brave and inspiring way.

Cait tells us what led to the decision of starting a year-long shopping ban, how the challenge was set up, what she could and couldn’t buy and we live with her through that year, and beyond. We see events unfurl in her life that threaten to break her, we look at things in her past that have shaped who she is today (or during the period the book was written about) and we look at where she finds herself after the year of less, and beyond. This is a personal journey for Cait that she generously decided to share with all of us and in doing so offers inspiration to countless others struggling with the pressures and expectations life likes to heap on top of us.

There are many books out there which tell of how a person has reinvented themselves or found the “true them”. Some are tongue in cheek, some hilarious and some rather dark. The Year of Less offers a lot of this and yet is somewhat unique in that it is written in a refreshingly matter-of-fact way.

This is a beautifully designed book that is easy to read (you don’t want to put it down) which glows with a truth that’s hard to deny. If you’re not sure what I mean by that read it. There’s a little of all of us in Cait Flanders and I for one wish there was more of Cait Flanders’ bloodymindedness in me!

If I was the sort to hand out stickers and give people star ratings The Year of Less would get a solid 5/5.

Find out more about Cait on her website and purchase her book from all major retailers (you won’t be sorry).

Hay House Publishing were kind enough to send me this book to read and review.
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