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November Favourite Finds and Things I’ve Tried

by LaurettaCWright
November favourite finds and things I've tried

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’.

November favourite finds and things I've tried

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.

November favourite finds and things I've tried

November favourite finds and things I've tried

Gooey stuff

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.

November favourite finds and things I've tried

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.

It’s cushy

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

November favourite finds and things I've tried

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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21 comments

Jess Howliston 3rd December 2019 - 9:57 am

Some fab finds here, I love finding new books that really make me think about things so this sounds great! I always see the wish app pop up on Facebook but am never sure about ordering, I may take a closer look next time I see it pop up!

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LaurettaCWright 3rd December 2019 - 9:35 pm

Sometimes you can find a great bargain on Wish and other times there’s not a lot. The only other thing I’d say about it is that sometimes delivery takes a while, so if you do order anything, just be mindful of that.

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WhatLauraLoves 3rd December 2019 - 12:15 am

The Miracle Morning sounds like a book that would be right up my street. I’m all for a bit of motivation! xxx

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LaurettaCWright 3rd December 2019 - 9:42 pm

Ah, thanks Laura – I think most bloggers would appreciate this book and reclaiming some of those lost hours that we sometimes feel we lose! x

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MELANIE EDJOURIAN 2nd December 2019 - 7:52 am

The teacups are so cute. I love the floral design inside them it’s such a lovely and different idea.

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LaurettaCWright 3rd December 2019 - 9:43 pm

It is isn’t Melanie? I’ve been on the hunt for some more if I’m honest as I really like them!

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Mellissa Williams 1st December 2019 - 9:00 pm

I love your yellow cups from Sainsbury’s, The floral pattern inside is very unusual. Some great finds here
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Becky 1st December 2019 - 8:20 pm

I think I need to try the Gooey Stuff – my keyboard is a disgrace. I’d like to think it’s all down to my kids…

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Elizabeth Williams 1st December 2019 - 6:28 pm

Love the tea cups with the floral design inside, they look so cute. Never of The Miracle Morning but it sounds great.

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LaurettaCWright 3rd December 2019 - 9:49 pm

Thanks Elizabeth – sounds like we have similar tastes. The Miracle Morning is definitely worth a look – it’s lovely to get back an extra hour in a day if I’m honest.

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Jenni 1st December 2019 - 9:06 am

Oh my goodness that teapot and those cups are so cute! And what bargains too – I think I need to pop into my local sainbury’s for a look. The Miracle Morning sounds really interesting too.

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LaurettaCWright 1st December 2019 - 11:13 am

Thanks Jenni. Sainsbury’s has got some lovely things in – the clearance end of aisles are good too. I swear by The Miracle Morning – it’s a great read and makes managing life that little bit easier!

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Samantha Donnelly 30th November 2019 - 9:40 pm

I have been told about The Miracle Morning, I need to get a copy to read and well done on your win x

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LaurettaCWright 1st December 2019 - 11:14 am

I hadn’t heard of the book before – be warned….once you pick it up, it’s hard to put down!

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Rebecca Smith 30th November 2019 - 7:44 pm

I am definitely going to be checking out Fy! I’ve heard lots of good things about The Miracle Morning but haven’t got around to reading it myself yet.

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LaurettaCWright 1st December 2019 - 11:15 am

I can’t believe that I hadn’t heard of it until just recently…where have I been?! lol.. Fy is great…I’ve got a couple pf lovely things from the site. xx

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Rhian westbury 30th November 2019 - 4:46 pm

That’s a nice treat that you won the gift card so could buy some goodies for yourself.I love how you’ve split up your extra hour in the morning sounds like you’ve got it sussed x

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Kara Guppy 30th November 2019 - 8:26 am

Well sone on your win, things are always better when they are free. I really need to clean my keyboard!

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LaurettaCWright 1st December 2019 - 11:16 am

It really made my week Kara! Having a good clean of my keyboard made me feel quite smug…it’s a great idea but does feel weird in your hands.

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Alex Grace 29th November 2019 - 5:08 pm

Thanks for the recommendation on The Miracle Morning – sounds really good! I also love Fy, I’ve bought phone cases from them before, I love the different less run of the mill designs they have on there often, for really reasonable prices. Congrats on the gift card Lauretta – that was a big spot of luck! xx

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LaurettaCWright 1st December 2019 - 11:17 am

I know Alex! I was really lucky with the gift card win! I actually discovered Fy via Instagram. I’ve discovered a few interesting things via the gram….it’s sometimes a dangerous place to be though isn’t it? I’m skint already!

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