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 Joy of Mindful Writing

The Joy of Mindful Writing

When the Joy of Mindful Writing popped through my letterbox I knew after just a few pages that this was going to be one of those books that I keep with me for a long time and refer back to again and again. The Joy of Mindful Writing, one of a number of books in the Mindful series from Leaping Hare Publishing, has been written by Joy Kenward who writes with warmth and a keen understanding of what it is to write and to be mindful.

Joy of Mindful WritingThis isn’t a read once and shelve it kind of book. This is a book that you put page markers in, sticky notes or even highlight (unless you borrow someone else’s copy of course). It’s a reading and understanding book with exercises, meditations and more for you to try, all of which help you get closer to your goal of mindful writing.

Mindfulness is not something you can switch on and off like a light switch unless perhaps you have reached Buddha level (which I have not). I started to gain a keen interest in mindfulness and mindful living last year and as a consequence am now nearly the end of a mindfulness diploma. I’m also someone who loves to write. I’ve been blogging for coming up twelve years and have been a freelance copywriter for nearly nine years full-time. I love to write and I’m pretty good at it. There are different ways to write however and mindful writing is more than rambling in a blog post or working to a client-sent brief. Mindful writing is….. more. I’ve written mindfully in the past, without knowing it. I don’t write that way all of the time because it isn’t relevant. It’s difficult to explain but if you are a writer moving into mindful writing, you might very well know what I mean.

The Joy of Mindful Writing is perfect for those just starting to write and those who, like me, have been doing it for years. It’s not a better way to write or a more professional way to write. It is simply a different way to write and its something I’m exploring more in my personal writing right now.

To fully appreciate the impact this book has you really do need to explore it yourself. There are meditations and more which help bring clarity and open you up to creating something unique and special to you.

This is the only book in the Mindfulness series that I’ve explored however it will most definitely not be the last. Thank you to Leaping Hare for sending me this book to try out, it’s been quite the exploration!

See the full The Mindfulness Series collection for more ways that you may enjoy a more mindful way of living.

Joy of Mindful Writing

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