My Favourites: Things I Loved in February

Kikki K Vanskap journalIt’s March! How did we get into March so quickly? We are already getting the lighter mornings and longer evenings and this is totally ok by me. The clocks go forward at the end of this month too.

Before we get too far into March, I wanted to look back over some of the things and products I have been loving in February.

An honourable mention needs to go to Gilmore Girls. This has been in a previous favourites and I am still making my way through it and loving it. I have managed to stay away from spoilers about it (especially around the latest episodes,) and I am hoping it stays that way.

OK, so lets begin with my favourites in stationery.

The first product I have loved in February is my Vanskap (which I believe means friendship in Swedish,) Personal Planner from Kikki K. It has cats on it people. Cats. I couldn’t resist it. Having been late to the Kikki K party, I missed this particular collection so I had to track this down on eBay but so worth it.

I have never really used Filofaxes. I tend to gravitate toward bound diaries. However, I have completely fallen in love with this planner. It’s fabric (not leather,) and it is such a pretty colour. The inserts all have cats on them and there are blank stickers so you can customise it. I think Kikki K are definitely bringing me around to the planners.

I am enjoying using this planner. I am enjoying it very much.

Pipsticks subscriptionNext up is a sticker subscription. I have an unhealthy love of stickers for someone who is in their thirties. I like decorating my diary, planner and notebook with stickers. It cheers up the page and makes me smile. I have recently subscribed to a sticker subscription service. It’s called Pipsticks, it’s based in the United States and it is amazing.

There are various types of stickers in the pack. It’s affordable considering it is coming from the states. If you’re into decorating diaries or planners, this could be a good way to get a monthly supply of stickers. If you’d like me to do a review of this subscription, let me know.

My book favourite this month was definitely When The Sky Fell Apart by Caroline Lea. It’s based in Jersey when the German army invades in World War II. It focuses on a small group of villagers and their will to not let bad circumstances dampen their determination.

When The Sky Fell ApartI loved this novel from the moment I began to read to the last page. It gave me a little bit of a book hangover as well.

It was so beautifully written and heart-breaking but gives you hope at the same time. If you are looking for a good book to read, try this one.

My music favourites this month are Ed Sheeran’s Divide. (I know, me and the rest of the world.) I love his new album very much. You can’t turn on the radio without hearing one of the songs from it. It’s the first time I can remember where the stations are planning songs from an album where it’s not been released as a single.

My favourites are Galway Girl and Castle on the Hill right now but that could change within an hour.
I did have a dream that Ed was my mate. I was disappointed when I woke up to find it wasn’t so.

The other album I’ve been loving is Idina by Idina Menzel. I have loved Idina Menzel since I discovered Wicked, the musical back in 2007. I think she is fabulous and she can sing.

ed-sheeran-divide-album-cover-2017-march-1484221917 idinaThis album is very positive and affirming. I am looking forward to seeing her when she tours the UK later this year.

My favourite TV show in February is one that I am rewatching. Greys Anatomy is one of the TV shows I can rewatch over and over. I have been watching the show from the beginning (I love Sky Box sets.)

I am pleased that the show is back for the latest series but I am missing former characters. I am not going to say who as I don’t want to give anything away. The other show I love is Scandal. Love, love, love it.

I have been loving the Happiness Planner app on the iPhone. It’s also available for android. This brings the happiness planners from Brandmentalist to your phone. I am a fan of the journals and so I was excited to see that they were releasing an app. I like the fact that it’s portable so I don’t have to worry about carrying a book around every day. It’s easy to fill in and it gives daily, weekly and monthly reflection pages.

the comforter GreysAnatomysSeason1CastThe Happiness Journal allows you to set a to do list, a schedule and reflect on the day in terms of your own wellbeing. If you want to gain a bit more focus, this app is great.

My final favourite for February is bath related. I am absolutely adoring the Comforter bar from Lush. This is an old favourite. I go through stages of using it a lot and this previous month has been one of those I’ve been using it a lot.

It has a lovely sweet smell to it and is my favourite product along with Snow Fairy and Twilight.

What were your favourites in February? I’d love to know down in the comments.

 

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Laura
I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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