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Being organised starts with a diary


I love stationery and can spend hours browsing in stationers and stationery departments looking at cards, wrapping paper, tags, notebooks and diaries so I was thrilled when Organise-Us sent me a diary to sink my teeth into.

The Organiseher is ideal for my busy world and being a stunning Amethyst Croc embossed calfskin it’s hugely noticeable and means I can’t lose it.  It’s got 2 ribbons for bookmarks (one I use for the page I am on and the other one flicks between the following week or a key week like half term or a week I have lots going on in).  The first few pages has space for important numbers, then a double page for Notable Dates for last year, this year and the next, World Holidays and Moon Phases, calendars for 2014, 2015 and 2016, followed by 4 months per page then the diary from September 2014 to early January 2016, after which there’s 4 months per page for 2016, financial information which is hugely useful for pocket money and shopping trips, ample pages for notes and contacts before the Tube Map at the end (which I pore over when travelling in London).  At the back there is a pocket for useful bits where I keep my stamps.


Each double page is a week per view broken down into AM, Lunch, PM and EVE which means I know where I should be and what I should be doing.  I use it as MY diary and have another diary for the family to scribble things into their own columns, but the Organiserher is mine and the scribbles make sense to me!  It really is a well used Organiseher and despite filling it with information the page is never cluttered and always looks neat, probably because I am in charge of it and I always use a pencil so I can rub out anything easily as I am the Boss!


The Organise-Us website is easy to use and has lots of nice products to organise your home as well as delicious candles.  I picked up the The Tack Room candle from L Interiors in Bucklebury last week and I have to say the smell really does remind me of a tack room.  I particularly like the square shape and the simple writing.


Disclaimer:  I was sent a diary to see how I got on with it and am thrilled to say it is great. I bought the candle myself and love the scent of The Tack Room, so will be back for more.


A round up of my favourite candles


Oh I do love candles!  I have to be very careful with them though as once I thought the candle in the sitting room was a nice woody smell, when I went to investigate it was actually a candle on fire that had burnt the chest of drawers.  After that I regularly nipped the wick!  I tend to light a candle in a warm room as I feel the warmth and scent get lost in a cold room, sometimes I light a candle I am not that fond of first to warm the room up before lighting candles that I do actually like (I know that sounds really odd but it’s what I do!).

Over the years I have probably spent a small fortune on candles only to find that they tunnel, their scent goes or I actually don’t like them that much.  However here are some that I particularly like and will certainly buy again!

The Herb Garden by Gordon Castle

A Scottish herbal scented candle combining rosemary and thyme essential oils from our Walled Garden to soothe the mind and restore the senses. This luxury aromatic candle is a wonderful scent for the home, creating a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere.

This is such a fresh smell and reminiscent of a herb garden that fills the room with scent after it has been blown out.


The Herb Garden by Gordon Castle http://www.gordoncastlescotland.com

Red currant by Votivo

A savory blend of tart red currants and golden fruit glaze ladled over coarsely ground vanilla bean ice cream and served along side of raspberry filled sugar cookies… the original Red Currant.

So delicious!The packaging in itself is a treat and when the candle is lit the whole room is delicately scented.


Red currant by Votivo http://www.votivo.co.uk

Inspiritus by St Eval Candle Candle Company

An uplifting blend of aromatic spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.

I love this two tone candle and the scent is gorgeous.  It’s a very festive smelling candle and a seasonal item on the website (but that doesn’t deter me).  Not only is it beautiful to look at but warms up any room.


Inspiritus Gold Dipped Candle http://www.stevalcandlecompany.co.uk

Siberian Fir by Natalie Bond Organics

Enjoy the fresh woody aroma of fir needle with our luxurious small candle. Nathalie Bond candles are 100% natural and are a blend of natural wax and pure essential oils with no added chemical fragrances. Our wax is free from herbicides, pesticides and genetically modified material and our packaging is made from recycled card.

I picked this up from Two Ducks in Woking.  It is in a dinky glass jar and has a gorgeously fresh smell.


Siberian Fir by Natalie Bond Organics http://www.nathaliebond.com

Morocco from Nirvana Spa

This is a lovely scent which would be ideal for all seasons.  They’ve also got diffusers which I am fond of!  There are also other scents but I prefer this woody and warm one.

Christmas Spice by Lily Flame

Making any room smell divinely festive, this Classic Christmas scent with Its aromatic blend of cinnamon and cloves make it the perfect fragrance for an evening curled up in the cosy warmth of home. This is our most popular Christmas Scent.

Again another festive scent but one that isn’t too heavy so it can be burned at any time of the year.

Lemongrass from Parkminster

A lovely fresh and zesty invigorating unisex scent, perfect for any room in the house.

This pretty little votive with a gorgeous lemongrass scent that packs a subtle punch is another purchase from Two Ducks in Woking.

Don’t forget candle safety and always trim the wick.  If you are going to place them in front of a window be aware that your glass could get spots of candle wax, I only found this out when the window cleaner told me yesterday.  Don’t leave candles unattended (like I did) and do not leave them in a draught.  Discard of the matches safely when you have lit them and don’t what ever you do move a candle that has been lit for a long time as the glass will heat up and you may well burn yourself!