I’ve got some corkers for my November Favourite Finds – I suppose as everyone starts opening their eyes to potential Christmas presents, you start noticing things in the shops don’t you?
However, with the arrival of November’s Black Friday, there’s a few things that I’ve held off buying in the hope that I can get myself a few bargain finds at the end of the month (fingers crossed!)
The book that’s changing me
Every now and then I come across something that has a profound effect on me – and this month it’s been a book called ‘The Miracle Morning’.
It was actually bought for me by one of my clients from my community magazine that I publish; being a huge fan of business books, I was impressed by his collection of books after visiting his office and happened to mention this to him. He asked me if I’d ever read ‘The Miracle Morning’ (I hadn’t even heard of it), and a few days later, I was delighted to receive it through the post – he’d only gone and bought it for me.
So I sat down and read the book, making notes along the way – and a plan for my own ‘Miracle Morning’. I loved the concept behind it, as well as the whole idea of making more time for myself and creating a calm, positive start to my day.
And lo and behold I discover that there’s a whole community of ‘Miracle Morning’ people – with a popular Facebook Group dedicated to celebrating ‘Miracle Mornings’.
So has it had a big impact on me? Actually it has – my own Mircale Mornings consist of waking earlier and I split the extra hour I have gained into 15 minute segments; 15 minutes for meditation, 15 minutes for reading, 15 minutes for stretching, light exercises, washing and moisturizing and 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes are spent writing down my thoughts and my goals for that day.
I can’t tell you how focused and purposeful my days now are. It takes a while to get used to waking an hour earlier, but when you start your day out with purpose and clarity it makes a massive difference to how you handle your day – and the obstacles and challenges that life throws at you.
Here’s the book in question if you were toying with the idea of buying it yourself.
A Lily keepsake
Have you ever bought something that you’ve seen on Instagram? I’ve done that a few times now – either because the deal seemed so good or because it was a product I’d seen I didn’t know existed and I thought it was a great idea!
So the last time this happened to me was recently when I spotted a really nice chain necklace with an 18-inch chain featuring a 3D bar design. You could personalise the chain with words or names and I just thought it was really nice – so I ordered one.
It was from a website called Lily Luxuries and cost me $18.49 (about £14) and I had it engraved (included in the cost) with VIP and the kids’ names.
I’ve worn it once for a special occasion – I think it’s more for special occasion wear than everyday use, but I like it and think it looks unique enough.
Try the Fy!
Something else I came across on Instagram while scrolling was a shopping appcalled Fy – anyone heard of it?
It’s where you can shop some of the “coolest emerging brands and artists” in one app. Actually, that’s their description, but I can’t argue with them if I’m honest – I’ve seen at least 3 pieces of artwork that I’d gladly introduce to my walls.
I’ve got my eye on a Frida art print and of course there’s a Wonder Woman on that represents everything I aspire to, plus there’s a hip hip lyric print that I just love – and one that just says: “Oh my god Becky” (from Sir Mixalot’s Baby Got Back) which is pretty cool.
I haven’t tried the app out yet – again, I’m holding off for a Black Friday deal possibly), but I’ll let you know how I get on if I try it.
My little teapot
It’s not often I treat myself, but the other day while shopping in Sainsbury’s I came across a lovely little grey teapot that I simply had to have.
It’s perfect for me because one or two cups are enough for me, so the size of the teapot is perfect. It wasn’t crazy expensive either, costing just £12.
Another favourite find (also from Sainsbury’s) and this time in the sale were these cups featuring a unique floral design. They were originally about £7 each but had been reduced to £3. They’re lovely to look at, hold and drink from.
Anyone heard of the shopping app Wish? There are some interesting and unique products on the app and I’ve bought a few bits and pieces over time.
From what I can tell, most of the products come from China, so delivery isn’t quick (they can take up to 4 weeks to arrive), but the quality of the products isn’t bad at all.
The other day I purchased this gooey stuff called Gyu for just £1. On the description it looked like it worked a treat for cleaning keyboards. I’d never seen anything like it so decided to give it a go.
It felt like that slime stuff that my daughter used to make, but it was actually quite good at picking up small bits in between the keys. Anything like a coffee stain though needed a wet wipe – the sticky stuff didn’t clear this, so just be mindful of this if you do end up buying it.
So what do you think of my Kilburn and Scott feather filled cushions? (they’re in the main picture at the top of this post).
The RRP was £59.99 and TKMaxx had reduced them to £20 (£10 a cushion) in store. But I managed to get them and I got them for free! Because I won a £50 gift card in store! I bought some other bits and bobs including a facial massager, some coffee for VIP a
That’s about it for my November Favourite Finds and Things I’ve Tried – I’ve got a feeling my December Finds is going to be full of a few good things (if I manage to get my act together and bag some bargain finds in time for Crimbo!)
Wish me luck!
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