It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas.

So we are now soo close to it being the best time of year and I’m officially on my full festive setting. I’m planning a full post all about how I like to spend Christmas (mainly sitting down and eating) for the next few weeks, but as a little warm up I thought I’d share some of my favourite candles and home fragrances that are perfect for your festive season! As usual I went a little bit OTT with my buying. Theres not a room in the flat that hasn’t been touched by the scent of Christmas but thats exactly the way it should be I think!

So here we go… kicking it off with the candles..

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Golden Yuletide Spice – The Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie

I’ve been following this little shop on Instagram for a while and her scents sounded delicious so requested a candle for my Christmas collection. This scent is available in wax melt form and is perfect if you like Spicy scents!

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Spice- Soul Candles

This is perfect. A really luxurious, spicy, festive scent. I’ve recently discovered Soul Candles and love the look of their Relaxing Aromatherapy candles too (I think I’ll treat myself in the new year!). It burns so cleanly and evenly. The scent throw is subtle in my big lounge but so lovely and comforting.

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Cinnamon Sugar and Spice- Lollyrocket Candles

I mentioned LollyRocket in my Autumn candle blog post. Her Coffee and Maple candle fragranced my lazy Saturday mornings for weeks. So when she released her Christmas collection I was straight in there. There’s a choice of design and festive scents. The cinnamon sugar and spice is the the perfect Christmas kitchen scent but it was a hard choice between that and the others!

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Gingerbread- Wickford & Co at Home Bargains.

I saw a lot of hype about these and the other scents in their Christmas collection on Instagram so thought I’d give one a go, and for less than a pound it would have been silly not to even try. On cold sniff it did smell quite nice and did release the scent really subtly when burning, it hardly filled the room but I did go for the littlest jar! All in all, not bad value for money!

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Winter Mint- DW Candles at Home Sense/TK Maxx

I’ve been a fan of DW candles for a while. You can always find them by the till or in the candle section of Home Sense or TK Maxx. They’re a real bargain and most of the scents are really lovely. They burn really nicely and even the little ones really throw the scent. I never thought I’d be such a fan of a minty fragrance but this one is so refreshing! And as a little bonus the boxes for their Christmas collection are adorable!

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All is Bright- Yankee Candle

I mentioned this one in my Autumn post but as it is technically part of their Christmas collection thought I’d include it in this post too! Its fruity and zingy but still very festive smelling too. I think this is my favourite Yankee Christmas scent and such a refreshing change from all the spice (which I do love but a change is nice!).

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Mandarin, Clove and Cinnamon- Marks and Spencer

To me, M&S is a big part of Christmas. They provide the good food, a lot of the good gifts, the lovely adverts and the scents! I can’t remember a Christmas without M&S Mandarin, Clove and Cinnamon candles and the oil version of this scent is how I fragrance my handmade Christmas tree decorations! They change the designs of the candles every year and I’m loving this years glittery rim star in the lovely box, these are a perfect prezzie!

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Sweet Berry Joy- Glade

I picked this up when it was on offer in the Supermarket. And although the packaging isn’t the most inspiring theres no denying Glade candles do the job of throwing out a lovely smell.

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White Pine and Holly Berry- Tesco

A cheap and cheerful find which was worth every penny. Smells lovely and fresh and clean and the fragrance really filled the room!

Now, I’ve spoken before of my wax melt love and it’s just as strong in the festive Season! Wax Melts by Francesca has been my favourite wax vendor this season. Her range of Christmas scents is fab and my monthly subscription box has never been a disappointment! I’m particularly loving my ‘Winter Season’- a dupe of White Company Winter and ‘Christmas Trees’. Cleaves have also not disappointed, her Christmas Spice is the exact scent I was looking for to melt in cosy Christmas evenings and was well worth the stress of quickly checking out on restock night before she sold out! Wax melts by Francesca and Cleaves have also provided perfect Eucalyptus and mint fragrances for when the winter cold hits! (I’ve also found them really useful to help clear a migraine).

If you’re feeling a little confused about my wax melt love have a little look at my previous blog post on Autumn fragrances where I talk about the benefits of them and the best vendors a to buy from!

So as you probably already know I am quite the fan of a reed diffuser and despite many hours in White Company umming and ahhing over their Winter Diffuser I decided to keep it quite cheap with my festive diffusers (and just add the White Company one to my Christmas list).

I bought the Spiced Pear Cider diffuser from Tesco’s seasonal home fragrance range. I’ve had one in the past I was impressed with so knew I wasn’t wasting my few pound! These dinky diffusers do look very pretty, really simple with a coloured ribbon and release a lovely subtle scent. They also last quite I bit longer than the box suggests! This scent is lovely and spicy and perfect for a Christmassy kitchen! In the last few days I’ve also picked up the frosted cranberry version for our bedroom!

I also bought a Woodwick and Co Vanilla Snowflake diffuser from Home Bargains. It was questionably cheap so my hopes weren’t too high but was very pleasantly surprised. There’s no denying it releases it’s scent well and fills my little spare room with a lovely fragrance. £1.99 well spent and I’d definitely think about buying more diffusers from this brand in the future.

Now I’m going to quickly mention Zoflora. If you know about Zoflora then you KNOW about Zoflora. If you don’t you’re missing out. My mum has always used Zoflora so when we got our flat I was quick to stock up and started wiping EVERYTHING with it. It’s a concentrated disinfectant which can be bought in most supermarkets and places like Home Bargains. You dilute it and start wiping! It’s heavily fragranced so I avoid using it in food prep areas but keen to use it anywhere else. But the main reason I’m mentioning it in this post is because of their Christmas and Winter fragrances. I have memories of my mum passing me a washing up bowl full of Winter Spice Zoflora and asking me to wipe all doors, walls and skirting boards ready for having family round for Christmas parties. And to me now it is just one of the main scents of Christmas. Their other seasonal fragrances are just as festive and lovely. My top tip is to wipe down the radiators with it before turning them on, they then release a lovely scent when they heat up!

Hope this inspired you with some Christmassy scent purchases for your homes! I’ll be back soon with more festive talk!

Katie xxx

Fragrance your Autumn.

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So Autumn is well on it’s way in and I couldn’t be more excited. Autumn is for cosy nights, fluffy pyjamas, blankets, slipper socks, hot chocolates, brilliant TV and of course, Candles! As I may have mentioned previously I am a candle and home fragrance fanatic (I think I get it from my Momma), I don’t feel like I’m properly ‘home’ till I have a candle on And Autumn/Winter is my favourite scenty season. So here’s a list of my current favourites to inspire you to fragrance your autumn and get cosy!



Lolly Rocket- Maple and Coffee Bean.

Have you ever seen a more perfect looking Autumn candle?! I first found this small business when another blogger shared some photos of their candles and I knew I had to have one! They do candles with lots of different quotes but this Autumn quote one really caught my eye! There’s a choice of Maple and Coffee Bean or Pumpkin pie. I’d usually lean towards the pumpkin pie but I thought I’d be brave and try a new scent. And I absolutely love it! It smells like the Starbucks in Magic Kingdom and is so strong when burning. It’s the perfect kitchen candle and I had it burning this morning while we were having brunch. I’ll definitely be ordering more from Lolly Rocket!

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So Soy- Caramel, Patchouli and Honey.

I talk a little bit more about the benefits of burning soy wax in my later section on wax melts but I do love burning soy wax. This one smells divine. I ordered it out of interest mostly as the scent sounded interesting. It isn’t how I expected it to smell but so much better! Like a really delicious mens aftershave but subtle and calming. This is one for people who don’t like too overpowering scents. It also comes in the prettiest packaging! (Available in 3 different sizes from the So Soy website).

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Yankee Candle- All is Bright.

I feel like a bit of a sell out talking about Yankee, its so cliche. But this one I couldn’t resist, I cant explain the scent, its kind of citrussy but I would say it’s the perfect Autumn/Winter scent for none spice lovers (I am most definitely a spice lover but can understand how it’s not for some people). Yankee candles so always burn so nicely and give off a lovely scent so keep your eyes peeled for this one!

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Mintoshi- Carrot Cake.

I love, love, love this one. It smells exactly how you’d imagine but not as sickly! It’s so comforting with a really good scent throw and looks so pretty burning. Mintoshi is a small business based in Wolverhampton and their candles can be ordered through their Etsy shop, their customer service is fab and once this one is burnt out I’ll definitely be ordering more!

 

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Matalan- Mandarin and Amber.

I picked this up a few weeks ago as it was a bargain and I couldn’t resist the really pretty autumnal jar. The smell is nice enough for the price but really I’m just all about the jar.

ALDI- Luxury Candle Jo Malone Dupes.

I’ve seen so many mixed reviews about these on Insta. Some adore them, some saw they smell like cat’s piss…. I am a fan. They smell like Jo Malone and cost less than 4 quid. It would literally be rude to complain. For the price they are really good, they burn so evenly and cleanly and release such a lovely smell. They are availalbe in Pomegranate Noir, Blackberry and Bay and Lime Basil and Mandarin. If you’re a candle fan/ Jo Malone fan and see them in your local Aldi it’s definitely worth picking one (or 3!) up!

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Bloom Candles- Clementine and Prosecco.

Bloom Candles are available online via their website and their candles come in the cutest little jars! Their scents are fresh and lovely give off a lovely scent when burning. They also do their own range of melts and diffusers and for a really sensible price.

Skandinavisk- Fjord and Hygge.

Maxie treated me to these for our anniversary, I think they arrived a bit smaller than he had imagined but they are quite an expensive brand! I love anything Scandi so they were a perfect gift! I love their packaging and their really fresh, clean scents.

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Woodwick- Pear Cider.

This has been my first ever woodwick candle after years of sniffing every one in shops. They’re the brand that are famous for the crackling wick, it took a while for me to get used to the crackling to be honest, can’t thinking I’d left a tap dripping in the kitchen but once I’d got over that the crackling did it make it feel very cosy and comforting! This is a perfect autumnal smell as it’s a bit spicier and deeper than you’d expect from the description. It does give off a lovely scent throw when it’s been melting a while. I’ll be trying more woodwick candles I think!

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Olivia Blake- Wild Pumpkin and Nutmeg.

I first smelt this when on a day drinking trip to York and popped into TK Maxx. They only had it available in 1kg and after much deliberation I decided I couldn’t carry a 1kg candle in my clutch bag around the bars of York. So, I was very excited to find this is a normal size in the Homesense in Leeds. It is an absolutely perfect Autumn fragrance and I love to just sniff it when it’s not lit. When burning it isn’t very strong which I wouldn’t usually mind but I love the scent so much I wanted it to stronger! It is however very much worth the £5.99 I paid! TK Maxx and Homesense are so underrated on the candle front, I’ve had some really lovely candles from there!

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Yankee Candle- Wild Mint.

Another mini Yankee shoutout for the perfect kitchen smell masking scent! Not much else to say about this one really. It does the job!

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Primark – White Tea and Violet.

This is one of those candles they have on the shelves by the checkouts in Primark you usually just walk past but you know, are actually pretty good…for a pound. This scent is perfect for a bathroom! I wouldn’t say they’re the best things in the world but I will say you may be pleasantly suprised!

 

Quick tip for candles: Always burn right to the edge every time they are lit to prevent tunnelling and wasting a lot of the wax. The scent also won’t throw as far in a colder than average room this is particularly true with wax melts, they wont reach their full scent potential until they’re at 80c which is difficult for a little tealight to do on its own if the room is really cold!

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Now- on that note- let me confess something- I am a wax addict.

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I mean, it’s not out of control. But it could certainly be creeping onto the addiction scale.

I first got into wax melts when I started up my own Etsy shop last year and started connecting with other small business owners, I love the idea of buying something that is the outcome of someones hobby and getting something lovely in return. The vendors I use repeatedly (I’ll list in a minute!) use Soy wax which is vegan, environmentally friendly and burns cleanly, it also holds a lot of scent (amazing value for money) and is very easy to clean if you have an accidental spillage (clumsy problems).

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So a bit of an obvious one but to melt wax you need a wax burner, they are now available all over, home bargains, tesco, wilkos, amazon and some very pretty ones are available on Etsy! I have a beautiful one from Natyshas Vintage Home. And you obviously need tealights, I go through so many! I tend to stock up on hundreds whenever I’m in Ikea. Some vendors sell their wax in individual melts and to be able to get a good whiff you need to burn 2 at a time, however recently most vendors have switched to wax pots. I like this as they are very easy to store and the plastic tubs preserve the scent for a long time. With these insert a fork into the wax to snap it into two and then once more to get quarters. Insert a quarter at a time into your burner. Each quarter or two melts tend to give 8 hours of scent before it starts to burn off. Tubs average around £2.20ish each for 32 hours worth of fragrance so a bit of a bargain really! It’s also fun to mix the scents! The wax can be stored for up to a year after it’s been made before it starts to lose its fragrance and it’s sometimes good to leave the wax few a few weeks after purchase to let it cure, this stops the fragrance burning off quickly.

The choice available online from small businesses is amazing and I’m currently in my element as this week they are starting to release their Autumn and Christmas fragrances. Here’s a list of of my favourites:

Cleaves Candles- Their is so much hype around this vendor and it’s so deserved, her scents are amazing and give off the right amount of scent. She does a restock once a month but can literally sell out in minutes! You have to be so fast! She also has a social facebook group called Cleaves chat and mingle which you can join to sell, swap and buy wax! I received my parcel of Autumn wax from Cleaves this week and it’s perfect! My favourite Cleaves scent used to be Magnolia and Orange Blossom but it might have just been beat by Frosted Pumpkin!

Wax Melts by Francesca- Her scents are as equally delicious. She uses Beeswax which is also really good for the environment (save the bees) and holds scent so well! I’m signed up for her monthly subscription box which a great way to try new fragrances I wouldn’t really choose myself and is great value for money! She does lovely dupes and special collections along different themes.

Make Life Vintage- I love her Lavender blends and Jo Malone/ White Company dupes. They also look prettier than I ever knew wax could look!

Aromatic Soy- They do really great value scents and their Etsy shop is always well stocked so no stressful Restock nights trying to check out with stuff before it sells out! They do a Coconut and Mimosa wax which I really love and one the best Lush Snow Fairy dupes I’ve smelt!

Scented Wax Boutique- I first tried this vendor when I won one of her giveaways, her wax is lovely and so pretty! I particularly love her Spa Relaxation and Almond Macaroon!

Pretty Little Melts- She released her Christmas collection in August and I jumped straight on the band wagon and ordered some. They smell lovely and she does each fragrance in heart melts and tubs which I like as although I do like the tubs I love having packs of melts to fill my tin!

Rosie’s Wax Melts- She was the first soy wax vendor I ever tried so I feel quite faithful to her! She does regular restocks and her Autumn collection is lovely! All the pumpkin and spice!

Vendors on my ‘To Try’ list: Halliescents, Georgia Lee Candles and Rose and Thistle Wax Patisserie and Oh So Smelly (She literally lives down the road from me so would be rude not to order soon!).

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Reed Diffusers- I do love a diffuser, I have quite a few scattered around the flat. Next are great for diffusers and my go-to place for ones for the bathrooms. They are great value for how long they last and really do make everything smell a lot nicer! I became a bit complacent to them but went away for the weekend and came back and could really smell them again and they’ve been going since we moved in 4 months ago! In my lounge I have a White Company Pomegranate diffuser. Max bought be this after a few months of really unsubtle hints. It does look so pretty but the smell it gives off is beautiful and comforting and can still smell it as much as the day I opened it (but not in an overpowering way). I also love that they so diffuser refills as it also seems such a waste to just recycle the glass! I’m not one to obsess over labels don’t think the more expensive is always the better but in the way of reed diffusers I do think it’s worth splashing out a bit for a lovely long lasting scent that you don’t get sick of. Saying that, I picked up 2 Aldi Jo Malone dupe diffusers the other day so will report back on them!

I’m also really loving my Molton Brown Coco and Sandalwood room spray. This is quite expensive but the scent lasts for ages and smells amazing even when used sparingly! I love giving my lounge a good spritz of this although my lounge probably isn’t worthy of the lovely scent!

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So there we go! That’s mainly what my flat will be smelling like this Autumn! Stay tuned for a Christmas candle post in the next few months!

Katie! x

20 facts about me.

Hey everyone,

So I thought I’d copy some other blogs I’ve been looking at and do a 20 facts about me post to introduce myself a little bit more. This took a lot of thinking about, especially as I didn’t want to choose really obvious things, 20 is quite a big number!

Also using this post to share these photos of my dream dress! I’m going to a couple of weddings this summer and found this dress in Marks and Spencers to wear for them. I love the style and colour and it’s the comfiest dress to wear. It’s so silky it feels luxurious but for a highstreet price! I’m a big fan of anything from M and S, their jeans, pants, christmas wrapping paper, melt in the middle chocolate puddings…

 

So here we gooo….

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October- November is my favourite time of year and I’m getting giddy at how close it is getting. I love the cosy nights, Christmas buzz, watching Strictly Come Dancing religiously every Saturday night, adding pumpkin to every dish and making everything smell of cinnamon. I also feel a bit more comfortable fashion wise when it’s cold, I love boots, thick tights and chunky knits.

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I missed this season last year as I went travelling around Australia and New Zealand in a campervan with my friend Sophie. It was tough going at times but we had an amazing time and saw the most beautiful places (writing a blog post about it is on my to do list!).

3.
I lived in Italy for year from 2014-2015 working as an Au Pair and English teacher just outside Milan. I’m still really close to the family I lived with and they feel just as much like my family as my actual family. I learnt Italian at night school while I was there, I can follow conversations in Italian but don’t really have the confidence to try joining in!

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I used to work for Walt Disney World in Orlando. I worked for 2 summers in 2013 and 2014. The first year I was a Housekeeper at Old Key West Resort and the second year I worked in Animation Courtyard in Hollywood studios, seating guests for the shows, spieling the health and safety rules and quite often parking strollers.

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The summers after working at WDW I did some travelling in America with my friends, lots of amazing memories and very drunken times were had (will never be able to look at a fireball shot again in my life).

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I’m a really big fan of Craft Beers, love trying different ones, especially local brews. My boyfriend designs beer cans and bottles and I love going to a bar and seeing his designs behind the bar (look out for the Bad Co collection!).

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I never have any idea what’s in the charts at that moment. I’m a bit of an old soul when it comes to music! My spotify playlists are full of old songs and I only listen to Radio 2. I love the Beach Boys, Carole King, Chuck Berry and Frankie Valli. (But I do really really love anything by Little Mix after a few drinks).

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I first met my boyfriend when I was 11 when my friend dared me to go up to him and touch his hair (he had massive afro hair at school). I got close to him and bottled it! We got together properly when I was 23 and I haven’t looked back since (well maybe been a bit tempted sometimes when he leaves wet towels lying about or doesn’t empty the dishwasher).

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My favourite TV show ever ever is the Royle Family, I could watch it every night, sometimes when the TV schedule is a bit dry I do. I know every word but I still just love it. My other favourites are period dramas, crime dramas and a good documentary (especially one about a conspiracy!).

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I run a small business called Dirty Little Daffodil, I do family portrait cross stitches, cushions and bunting. I love sewing and crafting! My idea of a perfect afternoon is radio on, candle burning, cup of tea and getting on with some crafty projects!

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I’m a real foodie and love cooking, baking and eating out. My bookcase is overflowing with cookbooks but I still have such a long wish list of more! I love watching cooking programmes too and always so content watching Saturday kitchen with a bacon bun and a brew on a weekend morning. My all time favourite food hero is Nigella Lawson, she’s my ultimate girl crush and she always has recipes for what I fancy.

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Despite not being afraid of a bit of indulgence I am actually a qualified nutritionist! I did my degree at Sheffield Hallam University and loved every second of uni life. I am really passionate about about food and eating properly but am a firm believer in a bit of what you fancy does you good.

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My idea of food heaven is anything carby, I love pasta, potatoes and bread. My dream dish is pasta with chilli and prawns and garlic bread! My food hell is Melon, never liked it and no idea why! I’d probably be a lot thinner if my heaven and hell were the other way round!

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I think I spend more on my flat looking and smelling nice than I do myself! I love interiors and home fragrances! (I’ll write a post about these too!)

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I love pyjamas and loungewear, it’s pretty rare to catch me in the flat wearing anything else, comfort first.

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I used to have a Bernese Mountain Dog called Oscar, we all loved him more than anything. He died in 2014 but still has the biggest piece of my heart and he will always be the best looking dog to walk the earth.

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My favourite shop in the world is Liberty London, I could spend days in there and I’m obsessed with everything they sell, particularly the fabrics!

18.
My favourite films are About Time, The Great Gatsby and the Jurassic Park (and world!) series. 

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I drink a lot of tea! If I’m having a day in the flat pottering about I can easily get into double figures. I love a good proper brew or green tea. I love the taste of coffee too but it makes me feel like my head’s going to fall off and the end of the world is coming. I decided to be sophisticated and order an Americano on a date once, safe to say it didn’t end well!

 20.
I like to write a lot of lists! Of stuff to do, buy, things I have done, things I have bought. It makes me feel a lot more organised than I actually am!

 

There we go! Tah-Dah!

 

 

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