Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy #83 ~ because life’s for the good stuff

It's time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy 81 blog linky because life's for the good stuff company music violin spring

Time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy #83

It's time for a dose of happiness in #HighlightsofHappy 81 blog linky because life's for the good stuff company music violin spring

In my weekly feature, I look back over my gratitude journal because that’s the great thing about gratitude and using my gratitude journal – it gives me the opportunity to look back and be grateful all over again 🙂  And that’s what I do here, in my weekly feature, I look back on my #HighlightsofHappy.

I round it off with one word that sums up my happy…  why not do the same in my #HighlightsofHappy blog linky?

…so what’s been making ME happy?

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My candles bargain (and chocolate!)

I have an addiction.

The atmosphere they give, the trance-like state they can put you in, the aroma some can give.

Candles are my weakness (and chocolate). Oh and candle-holders (but not chocolate candle-holders…)

Throw flowers into the mix too and I’m happily yours!

Mainly of the tea light variety.

However, in the main I find that they can be over-priced.  Which is why whenever I see candles  on offer (especially pretty ones or vanilla scented ones), I grab a stash.

candle addiction bargain stash tea light holder relaxing scented soft lighting wellbeing

So, finding myself with time for ‘me’, I went to our local garden centre cafe, armed with a book, chocolate(!) shortbread and a nice cup of herbal tea.  After I sank myself into the nice, comfy seat and had my fill of reading, I meandered back towards the exit.  En route, I stumbled upon a couple of stands declaring ‘half price’.

A rummage revealed boxes of pretty tealight holders.  There were 16 of them going for 99p.  I love the little inscription on some of them:

Smile.  It’s the same in any language.

As if I needed any more persuasion, I grabbed the box and off I went with a big smile on my face (after paying obviously!)

When our little girl saw them, she read the ‘smile’ inscription and said, “is it really the same in any language?”  To an extent of course it is,  but I love her literal take on a profound quote.

The candle holders are now dotted randomly around our home, so our home is full of smiles 🙂


Do you like candles and other things pretty?  Have you landed yourself a candle bargain?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments below 🙂 

*This post contains affiliate links which means that if you happen to purchase something from the link you click, I get to have a little happiness too, at no extra cost to you! 🙂 


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A stationery bargain!…

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Recently, I’ve been pondering over re-organising my writing files/notebooks and therefore my blogging notes.
I’m an uber-organised person with creative ideas coming at me from all angles and my ‘World of Writing Wad’ is a rather big wad!
Only this week I was distracted by the stationery aisle of a well-known supermarket while doing a ‘top-up’ shop.  How many times have I just ‘popped out for a top-up shop’ only to end up with an over-loaded basket of bargains?!  (That’s a whole new blog post for another day!)
The lure of the stationery was almost too much and almost won me over.  But not quite.  I just couldn’t justify spending money on the stationery…  I would’ve had to choose first mind you!
So I came home laden with shopping bags from my ‘top-up’ shop and thought nothing more of it, in my subconcious mind.  At least that’s what I thought.  If indeed it’s possible to think that in a subconcious mind!
I digress.  Today after work, I had to pop to get a prescription and a few doors down from the chemist is a charity shop.  Sue Ryder nonetheless.  Arguably one of the more upmarket charity shops, in my humble opinion.
Something told me to go into the shop, to bypass the clothes sale rails and to go straight to the corner of the shop at the back.
In that corner, tucked away underneath a pile of photo frames were pretty much just what I had been looking for.  There were 4 large plastic envelope style wallets and a mini clipboard.  All for a good honest English pound!  And even better, I had £1 in change knocking around my purse.
I am one very happy cameleon because I now have the means to keep my various notes together but apart.  I now have something solid to write on wherever I find myself while hit with inspiration 🙂
A longer word of the week than is the norm for me but it’s worth it ~ stationery!
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