It really is no secret that I am a stationery fan and for the past couple of years I have turned my love into a daily desire in the respect that I love to collect new multiple notebooks and planners each year.
I am always on the look out for interesting and unique notebooks at affordable prices and this Season my newbie is the TABI .
My planners are my main love , I have five at one time at least being used to its full potential and take great pride in keeping it decorated and neat and as new but when it comes to notes and all of those other interesting and important things , I simply need to have my notebooks near for fast and easy access especially when it comes to work or events so I always have one by my side along side my Planner, in my eyes notebooks are for all of those quick jot downs, those scribbles and doodles of important notes that you need to keep in one place until it can be transferred to a planner or diary at a later date if needed. Mostly my notebooks are for taking quick bits of information over the phone of recording dates and times , costs and names of an important event that may need to be organised at a later date and for me , the bigger the better.
Over the years I have found that notebooks tend to be the same , usually they come in various size and colours but the insides are always the same unless they have a pretty watermark or pattern to show its branding or theme . I often find notebooks are lined paper but I have come across a small handful that are dot grid and even plain inside but rarely do I see anything like this , in fact this is the first and I love the concept .
TABI Notebooks come in two sizes of A4 and A5 and both have high quality paper of 100 gsm .
A5 - £16.58
A4 - £19.90
The pages are covered by a high quality , soft touch , flexible and hard wearing polyurethane which is the perfect protection for your paper and it even protected my pages from a small spilled drink that was accidentally dropped over my desk .
All of the pages are held together by a wired binder but the most unique and exciting part is whats inside.
As soon as you open the notebook , you will be greeted by a front sheet , an introduction from TABI and a place to add a phone number in case it is lost for reuniting.
Both my husband and I have given these a try for two different reasons and needs all together , one for inside work at home mum for every day things and one for taking to work out and about for the father who had just started his new job and we both had different experiences which I will explain a little further down .
Can you see why the TABI is so different?
Every single page has its very own index tab and every one can be seen from the first page of the book making it easy to navigate through your notes more efficiently .
I absolutely love that this notebook has so many tabs , It inspires me to be more creative and useful , encouraging me to use my notebook for more than just one subject at a time .
For me , my ideal size is the handy A5 which I always seem to reach to with planners and notebooks, easy for the handbag and easy for the smaller hands and busier desks.
I found that it was a great edition to my desk and I found it useful for so many different things .
Each tab created its own area of interest in my book and I ended up using up more and more tabs, the more I used it, the more I felt I could easily find all of my notes making me use different areas of the book which is rare for even me .
Usually in the average notebook , I work from the beginning to the end and when I do miss a page it is because the paper is thin and bleeding from the writing on one side of the paper is visible so half of the book does not get used , making more waste and meaning I need to use more of them .
In this case, the TABI was a really great idea. It meant even if I did miss a page , I could see where my book was blank and free to use and the paper was of good quality so bleeding was not visible .
I have had the book for some time now and it is still in neat and pristine condition, the pages are still solid in their binder and cover and I am thoroughly enjoying my notebook .
My husband however had a totally different experience while travelling with his notebook .
He has recently just started his new job which entails travelling on the road daily . He was requested at the start of the training that he would ave to take a notebook in with him to take note of all of the routes he would be doing , it was a mass area of the North East map that he had to learn in a very short time and he needed a little more space than my A5 notebook so I offered him the bigger notebook of A4.
On all the covers that embedded branding looks classy and clean , it is very much a posh notebook in my opinion and perfect for making an impression with clients in meetings or even for those who like to take pride in their stationery.
He carried the book in his holdall for a whole week until he came to me with his problem . Unfortunately the A4 seemed to unsteady in the cover for some reason and unwind from it leaving all of the pages loose . I saw no problem with the A5 and due to the fact it was not been thrown all over in the bag as it was in a designated slot enabling it to be less mobile, I could only presume it was due to the excess space available for the papers to be able to move around inside the cover .
By the end of the week it looked like the cover was a sleeve of a folder and my husband had placed a pile of papers inside , the cover was not torn which was a good thing , proving that although unraveling itself in its travels , it was still high quality and able to e replaced with a little care again later to its partnered TABI pages.
I think if more pages were added to the notebooks this would more than likely ensure more stability and prevention of this happening again .
We both had different experience but I believe we both feel it is a high quality product that would do well in sales aimed at those who love luxury and sophistication .
I love my TABI, what would you use yours for?
Let me know and why not take a look yourself and pop over to TABI to try for yourself.
*We were not paid for this review , all opinions are honest and based on our own experiences and thoughts.
I have recently started to collect ornaments after my mother in law bought me my first ever , the most stunning Willow Tree ornament for Christmas 2017.
I had been having such a terrible time and I was missing my mum who had passed away 13 years ago and when I opened my gift and saw that it was a Willow Tree ''Thinking of you'' figure I just burst into tears at the thought that they had bought me something so thoughtful . My mum in law told me she knew I was missing my mum but if I looked at the Willow tree , I will remember that she is always there with me and that she is thinking of me always , as I was her.
It has been the most precious gift I have ever received and from that moment , my husband bought me many more , in fact I now have 11 and my newest edition being the gorgeous new Willow Tree Butterfly Figurine.
The Willow Tree Butterfly Figurine is a stunning Willow Tree, made in resin, hand-painted and supplied in a gift box as like all their products. I love that it looks and feels so natural also .
Butterfly figurine is 16.5cm tall and costs £34.00 .
Available from www.giftgivingallwrappedup.co.uk
This piece really is superbly stunning and it really does stand out form all of the rest with its golden stud like detailing on the elegant butterfly detailed skirt of the lady wearing it .
This figure really does shout out courage and pride and with grace and beauty , it shines to my eyes direction whenever I walk past it .
I personally have an attachment to these products , I feel every piece has a special meaning or importance and when gifted can become an incredible new memory or sentiment.
I hope one day I have the full collection .
Do you ever get sick of waiting around for the answer of ''What do I get them this year?''
Every year, I battle with the gifting of the elder relatives, friends and family.
Children are easy , there is always a toy or two they want that will probably end up in the bin after a month or two but that is exactly my point in this post .
I've been taking a look at About Face , the Gift Giving All Wrapped up Site that has some wonderful Ideas .
There are some really affordable Ideas and a few of the collections are my favorites which I am hoping to get myself (or keep hinting to my husband for but never receive)
Pointless gifts , that every one buys but in reality don't need or use and lately I have decided that enough is enough.
There is always a use for something for the home.
If my husband can say that a kettle is my gift then whats stopping me from buying him glass to drink from or a towel to dry the dishes with .
..........Wait , dishes?
Sorry , I mean dirty oily hands after they've changed the oil in the family vehicle , pfft , no way you would find my man in a kitchen , he does not even know where it is, unless a beer is in the fridge that is.
Talking of beers .
First up we have a wonderful Idea for reminding them how selfish they really are.
About Face A Case of Beer Pint Glass
£5.95 and free UK delivery
This glass is hilarious and comical to say the least. We all know what our men are like and if you have a husband or man in in your life who really does not listen most of the time then this is a little joke set aside to make him listen , and enjoy a cold beer with of course.
The glass is 450ml and is dishwasher safe and comes in its own little box to keep it safe whilst under the tree at Christmas (we all know men pretend they don't care but when we are not looking they're shaking their presents while we are not watching in excitement), this will teach him but also be appreciated I'm sure.
Just Add Coffee Mug
So everyone needs a warm mug of Coffee in the morning before starting their day and I have to agree with the design of this mug.
Unless I have devoured a mug or two , I really am not going to function until I do so for me this is something I would see been used every single day .
'Instant Human. Just Add Coffee'.
I love this mug and my husband actually has this himself . In fact it was meant for me but he claimed it like everything else so obviously I'm waiting for him to buy me my very own (or a case of beer obviously).
Yep the cup has as much dry wit as my husband and is a perfect size of 380ml.
Dishwasher safe as well as microwavable for those forgotten drinks makes it the perfect gift .
Kitchen is Closed Tea Towel
Remember those oily hands?
Well here is a subtle hint for anyone wanting to give their partner or anyone else for that matter a hint that they're cooking or ordering in tonight.
We all know men don't listen so what better way than having it down in writing for them to see .
It's so humorous , I know there are going to be many out there who can relate to this witty quote.
This Tea Towel is a brilliant shade for the Christmas Season especially , imagine if you placed this on your kitchen work top and by some magic , the fairies came in and made you a meal ?
We all need one , Immediately.
It is made from Cotton Linen and is machine washable on cold setting.
Expensive Thoughts Ceramic Money Bank
It is my birthday in just over a week and those subtle hints are simply not working , buying someone one of these Money Banks might just be the best idea to get them started.
Obviously , you may need to pay for your own present , but its the thought that counts right?
'It's The Expensive Thoughts That Count' is a saying I say a lot lately and after all those ignored hints this Money Box better be filed by the time it's my Birthday.
I absolutely love the shade colour of this ceramic money bank.
You of course get that removable rubber stopper on the bottom so he can borrow a few pounds for his beers ( unfortunately Giftgivingallwrappedup.co.uk is not responsible for any excessive beer or Coffee drinking).
They do however want to encourage saving a few pounds so why not pick one up and give as a gift to help those over spenders after Christmas this year.
Better Than Sex Mug Cake
Now this is serious one , we are at the point where cake is being introduced and I have to say this is one of my favorite Pieces from the About Face Collection.
If ever you feel you need to try and win your female friend over for some reason or other, I don't know , maybe you never bought them that expensive gift for their birthday or you forgot to buy that sexy underwear set she had her eye on, then nothing says sorry than a cake in a mug.
This 'Better Than Sex Mug Cake ', is a mug with the perfect recipe for making that delightful cake to make your lady friend swoon for you .
The idea behind this mug is that you add the ingredients into the mug provided and mix together , adding it into the microwave for 10 minutes and that is all you need (other than the ingredients of course).
The front shows a picture of a delightfully looking slice of cake and on the back you get a list of how much of each ingredient is needed so you can never forget .
I really love the fact that this is hand drawn , it gives that more personalized feel to it and as well as the cup , the inside of the box lid that it comes in also gives you an idea for a detailed cake topping idea , if you need to go that extra step to impress.
This mug is 440ml and microwavable and dishwasher safe.
So for affordable ideas of gifting this year why not pop along to Giftgivingallwrappedup.co.uk .
Now after all that shopping , sit back and enjoy your Coffee.
What do you have on your list this year?
Let me know in the comments below .
*We were not paid for this review and all opinions are honest and our own based on our own experiences and thoughts.
I am such a notebook keeper.
Ever since being really small, I was found spending my pocket money on stationary and notebooks and lots of them.
I would collect sharpeners in all different shapes and sizes , then it moved to rubbers then pens and pencils , novelty pieces that soon ended up in collections and kits.
Being a blogger for the past 4 years as well as an added 2 years for previous beauty blogging , I have gathered many notebooks , all with a purpose and all sorts of colours, shapes and styles but none have ever been like this .
Waverley Books have a huge variety of notebook and not any normal notebook, but Genuine Tartan cloth covered Notebooks with over 40 different variations.
I love a product with interesting history and background .
There are three different sizes available in their range including
The large - £14.99
The Pocket - £9.99
The Mini which comes with a pen attached - £7.99
I was so kindly sent the large Elliot and the Mini Black and White and they can be found on the Waverely Books Site here .
No matter which size you choose from Waverley , you will always be guaranteed that these specs are within each notebook -
With the Large Waverley Notebook , you do receive the extras -
Which ever you choose , always be ensured that you will receive the highest in quality in look and feeling of your notebook.
I am a very harsh writer, my writing is deep into the paper and usually bleeding or tearing can be found if the paper is not of good grade, so of course I gave it a test with the pen that was supplied from the Mini .
First of all , I am in love with the pen. An ideal size for carrying around with me , out and about and it is retractable.
I love that they have added the silver detailing to the top end of it making it look almost diamante looking.
The pen in itself is excellent quality , smooth to write with so no scratching on the paper.
Being a roller-ball pen , releasing the perfect amount of ink as you write , means that there is also no sign of bleeding but I feel this is also a great help having the good quality paper. You can see where I have written but I do press harshly on my paper while writing.
I love the added elastic hoop added onto the notebook to secure your pen with where ever you go .
I absolutely love the bright colours and detail of these notebooks, they are definitely something I would repurchase over and over again.
The quality is brilliant and the fact that they have so many different clan cloths means that I could have a different notebook for different things or even collect the full clan sets in all sizes.
I have always been a fan of the tartan cloth in all colours and although I am not Scottish myself , I do love the Heritage and history of Scotland . In fact my favorite film of all time is Braveheart so I would love the Wallace clan collection for personal love of reason .
I love that not only is it genuine Kinloch Anderson Scotland tartan but it also happens to be the same company that holds Royal Warrants of Appointment as Tailors and Kilt makers to the Royal Family.
When you buy something that holds history and meaning , I always feel like its worth more sentimentally. It gives interest and uniqueness and this is exactly what Waverley deliver with their products .
Do you have a Clan, if so which is it or which would you choose if not ?
Let me know in the comments below .
There is nothing more sentimental to me than a gift from my children and I love anything that symbolizes that special thought that they have bought it especially for me for being their mum .
Enesco have sent me one of their many collection pieces from Lolita Were so kind to send me this stunning , hand painted and Mouth blown beautiful wine glass but all opinions are my own .
On a girls night out as Lolita was being served her Cosmopolitan Drink , Lolita was over come by how boring the glass was , yet inside was this spectacular drink and it needed brightening up, made cheerful and glamming up and just like the drinks that followed that night, Lolita felt her Glass needed some inspiring designs to show the personality .
Lolita then decided to make her very own and the Lolita brand was born .
Each glass is unique.
Every glass is Mouth blown and hand painted and so no glass is the same as another.
I was sent the stunning ''Mum's Love In Bloom '' wine glass .
It is decorated in a beautiful pink flower with the word Mother across the front and the word Love across the back.
Each glass is designed and decorated with food grade non-toxic paint to create their stunning designs as well as the sparkling crystals, which to me make it even more glam , especially as I am rather girly and love my pink sparkly items.
On the bottom of each glass and its box you will find a personalized recipe for each theme and as this is a ''Mum's in Bloom'' theme , this is the perfect tipple to match it .
Each glass comes in its own specially branded box to keep it safe in its journey to you .
The glass is a wonderful generous size of -
Having your very own special and personalized wine glass means that not only do you stand out from the crowd but you also won't ever mix your drinks with another guest at the venue and it's not just for wine. I do not actually drink wine, my husband does but I am more of a Peach Schnapps kind of girl or even maybe a slushy cocktail tipple but no need for sparklers or umbrellas in this drink, the glass makes it look fantastic all by itself.
I have to admit, I have never owned my very own personal wine glass and my husband is now rather jealous that he can not take it as his own .
I have enjoyed a few tipples in it over the last weekend (obviously for review purposes) and I love it .
At first glance I feared that once washed all of the decoration would come and peel of the glass, I hoped that the crystals would not peel of and I was very happy when I found that it looked just as good as new once I had put it through the washing .
These glasses are not designed for dishwashers .
The wine glass is so pretty , I just keep holding it up and admiring it . I love how it sparkles and although mouth blown I have found no air bubbles which makes it even more admirable and proves to me that they really are carefully made .
Lolita is so proud of her product that she even shares with you the manufacturing process of how they're decorated and packaged and its a wonderful watch , so take a look .
If you wish to learn more about Lolita then take a look at Lolita to find more of their wonderful designs and more information regarding the brand itself.
Do you own your very own wine glass, is it plain or decorated just for you , would you have a Lolita wine glass ?